Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich



Press Releases

Phoenix, AZ - More than $2.7 million dollars in outstanding student loan debt will be forgiven for approximately 2,000 former students in Arizona through an agreement reached by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a group of state attorneys general, and the Education Management Corporation. EDMC operates Argosy University, The Art Institutes, Brown Mackie College, and South University.

Phoenix, AZ– Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich obtained $162,000 in restitution for customers who filed complaints against Rastra Holding, LLC, based in Scottsdale. Rastra markets and sells construction materials made from recycled foam plastics to consumers throughout the United States. The restitution was obtained as part of an Assurance of Discontinuance. Rastra is solely owned and managed by Karl Holik.

A recorded voicemail audio file of the IRS Scam that has been harassing Arizona residents.

Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Special Agents with his office arrested a Glendale woman accused of stealing from a non-profit cancer support charity. A grand jury indicted 42-year-old Melissa Talal on 1 count of theft and 2 counts of fraudulent schemes and artifices.

Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today his office shut down a fake veterans charity that used aggressive telemarketing calls to scam seniors across the nation out of thousands of dollars. A Stipulated Consent Judgment dissolves three Phoenix telemarketing companies owned by Robert Foster - Happy Hands, LLC, Standing Tree, LLC, and Action Point, LLC (collectively “Defendants”). The Defendants used a telemarketing scheme to target vulnerable seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other memory-related disorders. The seniors were convinced to purchase household products for an 1,800% markup, claiming the surplus money paid would help disabled or disadvantaged veterans. None of the proceeds were used for charitable purposes.

Phoenix, AZ – A Peoria man is sentenced to 12 years in prison after downloading hundreds of images and dozens of videos of child pornography announced Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. 25-year-old Shane Perry Anderson was also sentenced to lifetime probation and must register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Attorney General Brnovich announced today that Arizona, along with four other states, recently filed a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Final Rule revising the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (“NAAQS”, or “ozone standard”).

Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced that the Arizona Corporation Commission (“Commission”) joined with 23 other states in filing suit against the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") challenging the Obama Administration’s Section 111(d) Rule. The Attorney General’s Office and the Commission together are challenging the unlawful plan to radically restructure the way electricity is produced and consumed throughout the country. The Rule, as promulgated by the EPA, would result in dramatically higher electricity bills and significantly less reliable service for families, businesses, hospitals, and schools across America.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced Special Agents with the Arizona Financial Crimes Task Force served 6 search warrants in connection with an illegal criminal enterprise involving Asian massage parlors suspected of operating as houses of prostitution in the Phoenix metro area. The focus of the Arizona Financial Crimes Task Force is identifying organizations involved in human sex trafficking.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued a scam alert today warning of an ongoing and very aggressive telephone scam that appears to be intensifying in Arizona. Approximately 70 IRS telephone scam complaints were filed with the Attorney General’s Office last month. The IRS phone scam mainly targets seniors. Scammers pose as agents with the Internal Revenue Service or the US Treasury Department. Victims are threatened with arrest if they don’t make an immediate payment for taxes or fines owed.


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