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AG Brnovich Issues Legal Opinion on Information Government Can Share with Public Related to COVID-19 Positive Tests

Phoenix – Attorney General Mark Brnovich released a formal legal opinion today regarding what information state government, including public universities, can release to the public related to positive COVID-19 cases. In short, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) determined that state government may share non-identifying information regarding employees, students, staff, and others who test positive for COVID-19 with the public to mitigate against the further spread of the virus.

Convicted Felon Sentenced to 15.75 Years In Prison for Scheme to Illegally Acquire 32 Firearms

TUCSON - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Phillip Johnson, a Tucson man, was sentenced to 15.75 years in prison for orchestrating a scheme to defraud the Pima County Superior Court to obtain firearms as a prohibited possessor. Earlier this year, a Pima County jury convicted Johnson of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, Illegally Conducting a Criminal Enterprise, and Conspiracy.     

Attorney General Brnovich and Senator Sinema Issue Warning Regarding New COVID-19 Senior Scams

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Senator Kyrsten Sinema are teaming up to remind Arizona seniors to be on the lookout for new COVID-19 related scams. Both offices have reported an increase in communications from concerned Arizonans. Fake miracle cures and events, shopping thieves, door-to-door sanitization services, robocalls, official-looking phishing emails, and government impostor scams are all on the rise as the unethical try to gain access to the financials of Arizona seniors.

Arizona Auto Dealership Owners Accused of Fraud and Money Laundering

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that a State Grand Jury indicted nine individuals accused of running an illegal operation that produced tens of thousands of titles for vehicles being sold in 42 states. Scott Bandy, James Johnson, Mary Fialko, James Edward Fialko, Lon Chaneyfield, Ivan Valenzuela, Oscar Valenzuela, Tamela Bandy, and Ashley Cwick were charged with Conspiracy, Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, Money Laundering, Control of an Illegal Enterprise, and Fraudulent Schemes and Practices.

Arizona Auto Dealership Owners Accused of Fraud and Money Laundering

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that a State Grand Jury indicted nine individuals accused of running an illegal operation that produced tens of thousands of titles for vehicles being sold in 42 states. Scott Bandy, James Johnson, Mary Fialko, James Edward Fialko, Lon Chaneyfield, Ivan Valenzuela, Oscar Valenzuela, Tamela Bandy, and Ashley Cwick were charged with Conspiracy, Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, Money Laundering, Control of an Illegal Enterprise, and Fraudulent Schemes and Practices.

AG Brnovich Warns About Coronavirus-Related Scams

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich wants consumers to watch out for scammers trying to capitalize on the public's concern regarding the coronavirus.

There are reports of price gouging for certain products like N95 respirator masks. Arizona does not have laws prohibiting price gouging or charging high prices in times of emergency or heightened public health concerns. Consumers who believe they’ve been a victim of consumer fraud can file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office.

Tucson Woman Sentenced to 9.25 Years for Defrauding Elderly Couple Out Of $80,000

TUCSON - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Cynthia Renae Ortiz was sentenced to 9.25 years in prison by a Pima County Superior Court Judge on 21 counts for her scheme that defrauded an Arizona couple out of over $80,000. In February, a jury found Ortiz guilty of 2 counts of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, 11 counts of Taking the Identity of Another, five counts of Forgery, and one count each of Aggravated Taking the Identity of Another, T