201803

AG Brnovich Obtains $100,000 for Consumers from Bullhead City Jet Ski Rental Company

BULLHEAD CITY - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Malows Jet Ski Rentals will pay $100,000 in consumer restitution to settle misleading and false advertising claims. Malows advertised jet ski rentals for “$65 ALL DAY,” when in reality they charged consumers up to $299 for jet ski rentals on Fridays, weekends, and holidays.

Tucson Hair Stylist Sentenced to 6.5 Years in Prison for Stealing $300,000 from 94 Year Old

TUCSON - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a judge sentenced Supranom “Addy” Klos to 6.5 years in prison for stealing from a 94-year-old vulnerable adult with dementia. Klos gambled away more than $300,000 in 4 months which was most of the victim’s life savings. The judge ordered Klos repay the more than $300,000 taken from the victim. Klos will also be placed on 3 years probation after she is released from prison.

Owner of Real Estate Company Sentenced to 7.5 Years in Prison for Defrauding Arizona Families

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Francisco Aguirre, the owner of Montecristo Properties, will spend 7.5 years behind bars for defrauding 40 families in Arizona. A judge ordered Aguirre be placed on 6 years of probation after he is released from prison. Aguirre must also pay $2 million dollars in full restitution to the victims of his real estate scam.

Arizona Becomes First State in U.S. to Offer Fintech Regulatory Sandbox

PHOENIX - Today, Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2434 into law making Arizona the first state in the nation to enact a groundbreaking regulatory fintech “sandbox.” Arizona joins countries such as the United Kingdom, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and Australia in encouraging fintech investment by instituting sandboxes. The bill was sponsored by Representative Jeff Weninger and drafted by the Office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Brnovich first called for the enactment of a fintech regulatory sandbox in a September 2017 op-ed in American Banker.

Grand Jury Indicts Phoenix Man for Using Fake Deeds to Take Out Loans on Homeowners’ Properties

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Daniel Barraza Nevarez on multiple felony counts of Fraudulent Schemes & Artifices, Money Laundering, Forgery, and Criminal Impersonation in connection with an alleged scam designed to defraud homeowners and lenders.

Cartel Drug Courier Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Transporting 5,368 Heroin Pills

TUCSON - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Sergio Ramon Chavez will spend 14 years in prison for transporting 5,368 heroin pills across Southern Arizona. Chavez, 41, was found guilty of 3 felony charges including Transportation of Heroin for Sale, Illegally Conducting an Enterprise, and Conspiracy to Transport Heroin for Sale during a trial last month.

AG Brnovich Urges Arizona Consumers Who Purchased Theranos Blood Tests to Claim Refunds

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced there is nearly a million dollars in unclaimed refunds still available for Arizonans who purchased Theranos blood tests. To date, more than $3.7 million dollars in refund checks have been cashed by Arizona consumers. The Arizona Attorney General's Office is extending the deadline to cash a Theranos refund check through the end of March 2018. Brnovich is asking for help from the media and the public to get the message out that refunds remain unclaimed.

Chiropractor Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Conspiring with Fake Dentist

TUCSON - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Dr. Jesus Bernal, a chiropractor, was sentenced to 3 years in prison for allowing an unlicensed dentist to practice out of his chiropractic clinic in Southern Arizona. The Federal Bureau of Investigation Phoenix Division, Tucson Office investigated this case along with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.