201910

Man Previously Indicted for Child Sex Trafficking and Sex Trafficking Re-Indicted for Influencing a Witness and Witness Tampering by Attorney General's Office

PHOENIX - On April 15th, 2019, Louis Broadway-Phillips was indicted by a State Grand Jury for Illegally Conducting an Enterprise, Money Laundering, Child Sex Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Pandering, and Receiving Earnings of a Prostitute. A $25,000 cash bond was set by the Court. The Arizona Attorney General's Office alleges that Defendant Broadway-Phillips, 25-years old, knowingly trafficked for prostitution two adult victims and one minor victim from September of 2017 to April of 2018. The Attorney General's Office alleges that the young women were forced to engage in pro

Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, Inc. to Pay $116.9 Million in Pelvic Mesh Device Multistate Settlement

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced that Ethicon, Inc. and its parent company Johnson & Johnson have agreed to pay $2.8 million to Arizona in penalties and reform how Ethicon markets and trains healthcare providers on its transvaginal surgical mesh devices and stop making inaccurate safety claims. The settlement with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office is part of a $116.9 million settlement with 41 total States and the District of Columbia to resolve allegations that Ethicon deceptively promoted its transvaginal surgical mesh devices.

Phoenix Mother Indicted, Accused of Using 13-Year-Old Daughter to Hide Cocaine

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Rufina Lopez Covarruvia for allegedly using her 13-year-old daughter to try and hide cocaine from officers during a traffic stop. Covarruvia is charged with multiple felony charges including one count of Involving or Using a Minor in a Drug Offense, a Dangerous Crime Against Children.

AZ Tax Preparer Sentenced to Three Years of Probation for Falsifying Tax Returns

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a former tax preparer was sentenced to three years of probation and a fine of $11,000 for preparing false income tax returns while working at Tax Xpress. Seven Arizona taxpayers were unaware that Tax Preparer Karen Hernandez, 26, had included false information on their returns.

Maricopa County Assessor Paul D. Petersen Indicted in Adoption Fraud Scheme

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Maricopa County Assessor Paul D. Petersen for his alleged involvement in an adoption fraud scheme involving pregnant Marshallese women flown to Arizona to put their baby up for adoption. Petersen is accused of using false information to place the Marshallese women on state-funded healthcare in order to pay for delivery costs, bilking the state out of more than $814,000.

PRESS BRIEFING: Maricopa County Assessor Paul D. Petersen Indicted in Adoption Fraud Scheme

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich in partnership with the Arizona DPS Colonel Frank L. Milstead, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Phoenix Scott Brown, and Special Agents with the Utah Attorney General’s Office will hold a press briefing to discuss the multi-state investigation, arrest, and criminal indictment involving Maricopa County Assessor Paul D. Petersen.

DATE: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

TIME: 11am

AG Brnovich Files Consumer Fraud Lawsuit Against Home Warranty Company

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced his office filed a Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against Choice Home Warranty for allegedly making false promises to consumers who purchased a home warranty policy. The lawsuit alleges Choice Home Warranty collected millions from Arizona consumers, but used contract exclusions, payment caps, and bad-faith refusals to avoid paying for repairs.

Former Business Manager of Valley Academy for Career and Technical Education Indicted for Stealing School Funds

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that a State Grand Jury indicted Celestia Ziemkowski, following an investigation performed by the Office of the Auditor General ("OAG"). Ziemkowski, the former business manager for Valley Academy for Career and Technical Education (VACTE), was indicted on charges of fraudulent schemes and artifices, violation of duties of a custodian of public monies, fraudulent schemes and practices, theft, forgery, and computer tampering for allegedly using her position to steal approximately $30,500 of VACTE funds.