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PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today a State Grand Jury indicted John Cronin Astori on charges of Securities Fraud, Sale of Unregistered Securities, Transactions by Unregistered Dealers and Salesmen, and Investment Advisory Services Fraud. Astori is accused of committing these criminal acts on the SAME DAY as his arraignment for financial crimes charges involving a different indictment against him.
Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 8:33am
PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a judge sentenced John William Parks to 10 years in prison for scamming Arizona seniors out of more than one hundred thousand dollars. Parks pled guilty to Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices as part of a plea agreement. The judge also ordered Parks to pay back $136,815 in restitution to the 10 victims. The Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case after joint investigations by the Arizona Registrar of Contractors, the Phoenix Police Department, and the Mesa Police Department.
Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 11:11am
(Phoenix, AZ) – Today, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that he plans to work with the legislature to prohibit county and statewide officials from releasing election data before all polls are closed.
Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 2:08pm
PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today a judge sentenced 54-year-old Gerardo Alonzo Avila to one year in prison after he pled guilty to one count of Insurance Fraud, a class 6 felony. Avila filed a claim with his insurance company, Liberty Mutual, stating his home in Maricopa was burglarized on September 22, 2013. Avila inflated his claim by stating valuable Native American artifacts were stolen worth more than $220,000.
Friday, March 18, 2016 - 10:22am
PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today a jury found April Mooney guilty of one count of Theft, a class two felony, and four counts of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, class two felonies. Mooney stole approximately $240,000 from her employer utilizing four different fraud schemes. The defendant used the stolen money to pay for personal expenses, dining, shopping, and ATM withdrawals at various casinos.
Friday, March 18, 2016 - 12:43pm
PHOENIX - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is asking for the public’s assistance in finding a registered sex offender who may be on the run and is currently facing Sexual Exploitation of a Child charges. A judge issued an arrest warrant for Chad Andrew Berkley on January 26, 2016 after he failed to appear in Pima County Superior Court. To date, law enforcement agencies across Arizona have been unable to find Berkley. In August 2015, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office indicted Berkley on 12 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Berkley is accused of downloading child pornography and storing those images on his Google accounts and cell phone. After Berkley’s arrest, a judge released him from jail on a $10,000 bond. Berkley is also a convicted sex offender who pled guilty to a sexual offense involving a child in 2005. Berkley's last known address is in Tucson. Anyone with information on Berkley's whereabouts should call their local law enforcement agency immediately.
Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 11:16am
TUCSON - Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced that Richard Stevens, Anthony Stevens and David Stevens are permanently banned from engaging in any automobile or paving activity in Arizona after violating the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act (“ACFA”) and scamming customers out of thousands of dollars. Defendants will also pay $18,401.00 in consumer restitution. The restitution is part of an Order for Default Judgment against A&D’s Auto Care, Richard Stevens, Desert Paveing [sic], Anthony Stevens and David Stevens aka David Lee.
Friday, March 11, 2016 - 12:12pm
PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today his office filed an Arizona Consumer Fraud and Civil Racketeering Lawsuit against ProSolutions, LLC, a Phoenix-based real estate consulting company. The lawsuit alleges ProSolutions and its owners, Ruben Diaz and Rodrigo Diaz preyed on Spanish-speaking families who wanted to buy a home, acting as a home loan financing officer, and taking thousands of dollars in down payments from them. Families thought they purchased a home and later discovered they never owned the home.
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 1:22pm
PHOENIX - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced the U.S. Supreme Court denied Apple Inc.’s request for the Court to review a lower court decision, clearing the way for the distribution of $8.6 million to Arizonans who paid artificially-inflated prices for e-books. In total, $400 million will be refunded to U.S. consumers nationwide. The lower court held Apple liable for conspiring with five major publishers to raise the prices of electronic books. Arizona consumers purchased 2.14% of all e-books sold from April 1, 2010 to May 21, 2012.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 10:06am
PHOENIX - In recognition of Arizona Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Mark Brnovich released a list of the 2015 Top Consumer Fraud Complaints reported in Arizona. More than 16,000 Arizonans filed consumer complaints in 2015. The Arizona Attorney General's Office distributed more than $3.1 million dollars in restitution for approximately 9,900 victims of consumer fraud last year. Arizona Consumer Protection Week is held in conjunction with National Consumer Protection week, a nationwide campaign that promotes consumer education and scam awareness.
Monday, March 7, 2016 - 8:03am