201811

Former Cottonwood Employee Pleads Guilty to Damaging Utility Property

COTTONWOOD – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced former City of Cottonwood employee Hans Burnett was sentenced to three years probation, 120 hours of community service, and 60 days of deferred jail time after he pleaded guilty to one count of Criminal Damage in connection with his previous work as a foreman at the City of Cottonwood Water Testing Laboratory in 2016.

Attorney General Obtains $451,000 Judgment Against “Senior Grad Trips” in Consumer Fraud Lawsuit

TUCSON – Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced a $451,000 judgment against a Texas-based travel company, EB Worldwide, LLC, and its CEO, George Barragan. The Arizona Attorney General filed a consumer fraud lawsuit back in July after receiving complaints EB Worldwide, operating under the name “Senior Grad Trips,” had accepted thousands of dollars in payments from Arizona consumers for a group vacation that was canceled without notice or refun

Financial Advisor Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Stealing From Clients’ Accounts

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced 36-year-old Steven Watson of Gilbert, Arizona was sentenced to six years in the Arizona Department of Corrections for stealing money from victims’ dormant bank accounts. He will also serve seven years of probation upon his release.

In 2014, Watson was an associate financial advisor at a local bank and developed a plan to steal money from customer accounts that were dormant due to inactivity.

Former Treasurer for Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Theft

PINE – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Michael Scott Greer, the former treasurer of the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District (District), pleaded guilty to fraud and conflict of interest charges for failing to disclose his financial interest in two vendors who were awarded contracts by the District. In addition, Greer pleaded guilty to theft from the Gila County Mounted Posse.