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SCAM ALERT: Fake Basketball Tickets

PHOENIX –  Attorney General Mark Brnovich today issued a scam alert reminding college basketball fans to watch out for fake ticket scams ahead of the NCAA Final Four Games. High profile sporting events are prime targets for scammers.

"Chances are you've already busted your bracket, don't let cheats and scammers steal your hard-earned money too," said Attorney General Mark Brnovich.
"It happens at every major sporting event, a fan is left empty-handed after showing up to a game with a bogus ticket."

Arizona Couple Sentenced to Prison for Stealing $600,000 from Vulnerable Parents

PHOENIX- Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today an Arizona couple was sentenced to more than two years in prison after stealing more than $600,000 from their parents who were suffering from dementia. Michael Gonzales, 49, was sentenced to two years in prison and his wife Kimberly, 50, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.  Both defendants will be placed on probation for four years after they are released from prison.

$60,000 in Restitution for Students Given Unaccredited Degrees & Medical Certifications

PHOENIX- Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced students are eligible to receive up to $60,000 in refunds after Para Health Professionals, Inc., and Examination Preparation Institute, Inc. issued unaccredited degrees and medical certifications. Students took seminars to become certified as Phlebotomists, Electrocardiogram Technicians, Medical Technicians, Behavioral Health Technicians, Healthcare Technicians, or Pharmacy Technicians.

Former High School Bookstore Manager Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

PHOENIX- Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today a judge sentenced a former high school bookstore manager to 18 months in prison for theft. Brenda Lynn Busse, 56, stole more than $120,000 from the bookstore at Tolleson Union High School. On February 21, 2017, Busse pleaded guilty to one count of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices and to one count of Theft. 

Suspected Fake Doctor Accused of Operating Illegal Medical Clinic

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Craig Allen Scherf for allegedly operating illegal Botox and laser clinics in Tempe and Scottsdale. Scherf is not licensed by the Arizona Medical Board or by any other agency governing the practice of medicine in Arizona. Scherf has been charged with Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, Fraudulent Schemes and Practices, Theft, Illegally Conducting an Enterprise, Taking the Identity of Another Person or Entity, 12 counts of Unlawful Practice of Medicine, and 12 counts of Endangerment.

BREAKING: AG Brnovich Issues Statement after AZ Supreme Court Upholds Prop 206

PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich released the following statement after the Arizona Supreme Court unanimously upheld the constitutionality of Proposition 206. The Attorney General's Office defended Prop 206.

“As Attorney General, my job is to uphold the rule of law," said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. "The constitution is designed to protect our rights. It's not a tool to be used to undermine the will of the people."

Owner of Real Estate Company Accused of Defrauding 40 Arizona Families

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted the owner of a Phoenix real estate company for allegedly stealing $300,000 to $500,000 from 40 families in Arizona. Francisco Aguirre is facing felony charges of Conspiracy, Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, Money Laundering, Illegally Conducting an Enterprise, Mortgage Fraud, Theft, and Forgery.