201801

MEDIA ADVISORY: Press Briefing on New Partnership to Rescue Victims of Human Trafficking

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich will join Truckers Against Trafficking, the Arizona Trucking Association, Albertsons, and Help Inc., to announce a new partnership to help rescue victims of human trafficking. 25,000 rescue stickers will be placed on semi-trucks throughout Arizona to encourage victims to call or text for help. The Freedom Drivers Project, the first-of-its-kind mobile exhibit, will also be on display to help educate the public and members of the trucking industry about the realities of human trafficking and how the trucking industry is combating it.

Owner of Real Estate Company Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Arizona Families

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Francisco Aguirre, the owner of Montecristo Properties, pleaded guilty to defrauding 40 families in a real estate scam. Aguirre pleaded guilty to one count of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, one count of Theft, and two counts of Forgery. Under the plea agreement, Aguirre will spend 7.5 years in prison. He must also pay $2 million in full restitution to the victims.

Co-Defendant Indicted in Child Molestation & Internet Pornography Case

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Robert Canales on five counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, two counts of Molestation of a Child, and three counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor. The indictment alleges that Canales was the individual that engaged in communications with Keri Harwood to purchase videos of Harwood sexually exploiting two children between May 1, 2017 and August 13, 2017. It is alleged that these videos were emailed to Canales in Texas and Canales paid Harwood for these videos.

AG Brnovich Files Lawsuit Against Alleged “Toner Pirate”

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed an Arizona Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against INT Sourcing LLC, Premiere Office Supplies LLC, and their owner James R. Deremiah. The Defendants are accused of sending fake toner cartridge invoices to churches, schools, and businesses to trick businesses into paying the fake invoice as a routine business matter. Those involved in scams such as the one alleged are known in the copier and printer industry as “toner pirates.”   

Sonoran Outfitters to Refund Consumers after Failing to Provide Guided Hunts

FLAGSTAFF - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that his office obtained a $30,000 consent judgment against Sonoran Outfitters Adventures, LLC, and its owner, Todd Basil Rice. Sonoran Outfitters Adventure, based in Flagstaff, advertised and sold hunting, guiding, and trophy delivery services in Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, and Mexico. Sonoran Outfitters failed to deliver the hunting, guiding, and/or trophy delivery services to at least 10 consumers who prepaid for the services.