PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced a settlement with Western Union designed to protect consumers from wire fraud scams. Under the multi-state settlement, Western Union is required to develop an anti-fraud program designed to help detect and prevent unsuspecting consumers from wiring money to scam artists. In addition to Arizona, 48 states and the District of Columbia participated in this settlement.
PHOENIX - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a jury found Michael Duane Mullet guilty of multiple counts of Fraud and Theft. Mullet used a plumbing fraud scheme to steal more than $16,700 while working at Lawson Family Plumbing.
PHOENIX - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced 57 year old Mary Louise Gonzalez was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for stealing and pawning her patients’ valuables. Gonzalez also forged and cashed a check stolen from a patient’s home.
PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the first criminal prosecution resulting from Arizona’s new telemarketing statute. Lukeroy Rose, the owner of Rose Marketing, pleaded guilty to making unlawful telephone solicitations and operating a fraudulent telemarketing business. The Arizona Telephone Solicitations statute, amended in August 2016, makes it a class 5 felony for unregistered telemarketers to make unlawful calls to in-state AND out-of-state consumers.
PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced his office filed an Arizona Consumer Fraud lawsuit against Adobe Carpet Cleaning, LLC, a Phoenix-based business. Adobe Carpet Cleaning allegedly made telemarketing calls to consumers on the National Do Not Call Registry.
PHOENIX - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced 47 year old Patcharin Koibuchi was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison and 3 years of probation for her role in a Tempe-based sex trafficking operation. In December 2016, Koibuchi pleaded guilty to Attempted Illegal Control of an Enterprise and Attempted Money Laundering, both class 4 felonies.
PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Roy Eugene Ramey III on 4 counts of Unlawful Sexual Contact with an Inmate, a Class 5 felony.
Ramey was working as a Detention Officer for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office when he allegedly engaged in sex acts with a female inmate at the Estrella Jail facility. The alleged acts occurred from June to August 2016.
Assistant Attorney General Maura C. Quigley is prosecuting this case.
PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Aaron Blodgett and Matthew Blodgett pleaded guilty to 4 felony charges for their involvement in a craigslist employment and credit improvement scam. The Blodgett brothers each pleaded guilty to 1 count of Fraudulent Schemes & Artifices, 2 counts of Theft, and 1 count of Securities Fraud.
PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted a former Eloy Elementary School District payroll clerk on 14 felony counts for alleged theft and misuse of public monies. Denise Burden is accused of stealing approximately $23,504 from the school district by paying herself unapproved overtime.
PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced the appointment of Dominic Draye as Solicitor General. Draye replaces John R. Lopez IV who left office to serve as an Arizona Supreme Court Justice.
“John Lopez leaves big shoes to fill as a champion of federalism and the rule of law,” said Solicitor General Dominic Draye. “With the help of our top-notch team, I will do my best to carry on this office’s excellent service to the State of Arizona.”