201705

Former Douglas Police Sergeant Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Theodore Kulkens, a former Douglas Police Sergeant, was sentenced to 5 years in prison for transporting 224 pounds of marijuana from Douglas to Tucson.

Less than a month after Kulkens was sentenced to probation for theft from the Douglas Police Department, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department arrested Kulkens for transporting 224 pounds of marijuana in the back of an SUV on December 10, 2016.

Tucson Podiatrist Pleads Guilty to Forgery & Surrenders State License

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Tucson podiatrist Dr. Loren Scott Wessel pleaded guilty to Forgery, a class four felony in Pima County Superior Court. This case stems from a joint investigation conducted by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office Health Care Fraud and Abuse Section and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Phoenix Division.

AG Brnovich Calls for Expanded Medicaid Fraud Authority to Prosecute More Senior Abuse Cases

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich is urging the federal government to change its policy to allow state attorneys general to use federal funds to investigate and prosecute in-home Medicaid abuse and neglect cases involving seniors. Brnovich joined 36 other state attorneys general and the District of Columbia in signing the bi-partisan letter calling for expanded medicaid fraud authority.

CONSUMER ALERT: Avoid Moving Scams during Arizona’s Peak Moving Season

PHOENIX – As Arizona’s peak moving season begins, Attorney General Mark Brnovich is warning consumers to look out for unscrupulous movers who take advantage of hardworking families. Moving scams come in a variety of forms, including false advertising, undisclosed fees, lack of insurance, and lowball prices combined with bait-and-switch tactics. Peak moving season in Arizona starts in May and ends in July.