201901

Final Batch of $1,000 Volkswagen Restitution Checks to be Mailed to More than 1,800 Arizonans

Since October 2018 More than $6.7 Million Distributed to 6,743 Eligible Arizona Consumers

PHOENIX -- Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that $1,000 Volkswagen (VW) restitution checks are in the mail to an additional 1,809 Arizonans. This is the final of three batches of restitution checks mailed to more than 6,700 Arizona consumers who responded to eligibility claim forms.

19 Defendants Indicted In Multi-County Drug Trafficking Investigation

TUCSON -- Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted 19 people for allegedly operating a multi-county drug trafficking organization. A more-than-year-long joint investigation between the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AZAG) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) culminated this month when special operations from more than seven law enforcement agencies carried out multiple search warrants throughout Southern Arizona.

AG Brnovich Files Reply in ABOR Tuition Case and Requests Transfer to AZ Supreme Court

Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed an appeal on Monday in the State’s lawsuit against the Arizona Board of Regents regarding their board’s tuition setting policies. The response brief presents purely legal questions that fundamentally impact the rule of law and judicial review in Arizona state government. The brief state’s that the Superior Court’s dismissal for lack of jurisdiction must be reversed for two independent reasons. First, A.R.S. § 35-212 authorizes all counts (Counts I-VI) of the First Amended Complaint (“FAC”). Second, A.R.S.

Phoenix Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced 45-year-old Michael Mattox, of Phoenix, was sentenced to 20 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.  Mattox, appearing before Judge John Hannah in Maricopa County Superior Court, was also sentenced to two consecutive terms of lifetime probation, and will be required to register as a sex offender.

AG Brnovich Leads Twenty-Three State Brief Asking U.S. Supreme Court to Confirm that Second Amendment Applies Beyond the Home in New Jersey Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that Arizona, joined with attorneys general and governors from 22 other states, filed a brief to support a request for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case regarding the rights of law-abiding individuals to carry firearms outside of their homes. In the Arizona-led filing, the States are asking the nation’s high court to review a recent lower court ruling in Rogers v.

Mother and Son Sentenced For Operating Fraudulent Prescription Drug Ring

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Frences Pope Adrian and Steven Hernandez Jr., a mother and son, were sentenced to prison for operating a fraudulent prescription drug ring over a three year period. Both Adrian and Hernandez pleaded guilty to fraudulent schemes and artifices, possession of narcotic drugs, and attempted possession of narcotic drugs.

Arizona Attorney General's Office and Chandler Police Host A Shred-A-Thon and Prescription Drug Take-Back Event

What: The Attorney General’s Office, Chandler Police Department, and PROSHRED Security will be hosting a Shred-A-Thon and Prescription Drug Take-Back Event. The cost is free and will be open to the public.

When: Saturday, January 26th at 9:00AM – 12:00PM

Where: Chandler Police Department 250 E. Chicago Street, Chandler, AZ 85225

Why: Shredding your personal or sensitive documents is an important step to ensure your identity is not stolen. Getting rid of old prescription drugs is key in keeping opioids out of the hands of our youth.

AG Brnovich Announces Multimillion-Dollar Hip Implant Settlement

PHOENIX -- Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that DePuy Orthopedics, Inc. and its parent company Johnson & Johnson, have agreed to pay $2.4 million to Arizona and to reform how DePuy markets hip implants. The settlement with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office is part of a larger $120 million settlement with 45 other Attorneys General to resolve allegations that DePuy unlawfully promoted its metal-on-metal hip implant devices, the ASR XL and the Pinnacle Ultamet.

Consumer Alert: AG Brnovich Warns of Increase in Social Security Administration Scams

Attorney General Mark Brnovich is warning Arizonans about con artists pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) scheming to obtain victims’ Social Security numbers and access to their financials. In many cases, scammers go as far as spoofing the SSA's number so as to appear to be from the government.

Phoenix Man Sentenced to 14 Years In Prison in Child Exploitation Case

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced 53-year-old Peter Joseph Caddeo, of Phoenix, was sentenced to 14 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.  Caddeo, appearing before Judge Warren Granville in Maricopa County Superior Court, was also sentenced to a consecutive term of lifetime probation, and will be required to register as a sex offender.