201910

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.