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PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the sentencing of a Phoenix husband and wife who engaged in the unlawful use of food stamps. George Cortez and Robin Cortez were sentenced to 6 months in jail, 3 years supervised probation, and ordered to pay more than $94,038 to the State of Arizona. George and Robin Cortez both pled guilty to two counts of unlawful use of food stamps and one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices following an investigation by the Arizona Department of Economic Security and its Office of Inspector General.
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 1:41pm
PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Arizona homeowners will receive approximately $2.6 million dollars in direct payments and more than $4 million in loan modifications as a result of a national settlement with mortgage servicer HSBC. The repayment is part of a $470 million joint state-federal settlement due to abusive foreclosure and loan servicing practices.
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 9:43am
PHOENIX – A Phoenix man is sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to producing and distributing child pornography announced Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. 50-year-old Vincent Millard Collins admitted to sexually abusing a child and taking pictures and video of the abuse.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 2:36pm
KINGMAN – Special Agents with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office working jointly with Immigration & Customs Homeland Security Investigations arrested a former City of Kingman employee announced Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Former Budget Analyst and Interim Finance Director Diane Maxine Richards is accused of stealing more than a million dollars from the City of Kingman. The arrest comes after a State Grand Jury indicted Richards on 23 felony counts including theft, forgery, and misuse of public monies.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 3:37pm
PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced his office filed a Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against Sticks N Strings, Inc., a musical instrument shop in Tucson. The complaint alleges Sticks N Strings and its owner, Anthony Bernard, accepted thousands of dollars’ worth of payments for musical instruments and failed to deliver those instruments to consumers.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 11:47am
PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a $50,000 judgment against an Arizona auto repair shop caught on hidden camera defrauding customers during an undercover AG sting operation. GBY Transmissions, a transmission repair shop owned by Gerardo Figueroa Haros and managed by Gerardo Figueroa Salinas admitted to charging customers for auto repairs they didn’t need.
Friday, January 15, 2016 - 12:15pm
PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today a State Grand Jury indicted a former employee at the Phoenix Rescue Mission on allegations of stealing social security benefits from a homeless man. Sergio Solorzano is facing four felony charges of Fraudulent Schemes & Artifices, Theft, Taking the Identity of Another, and Unlawful Use of an Access Device. Special Agents with the Attorney General’s Office believe there could be additional victims who have yet to come forward.
Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 3:29pm
PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and the Arizona Registrar of Contractors are calling for the public’s help in finding an unlicensed construction contractor accused of stealing thousands of dollars from Arizona families. Servellon is believed to be on the run and could still be advertising remodeling services online. There is now an active warrant for Servellon’s arrest.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 1:13pm
PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich today issued a consumer alert to help football fans avoid ticket scams before the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Monday, January 11, 2016 and the Arizona Cardinals NFL Playoff Game on Saturday, January 16, 2016. With such a high demand for tickets, these high profile football games are prime targets for scammers trying to sell counterfeit tickets.
Friday, January 8, 2016 - 10:34am
PHOENIX - While President Obama opines that it is too easy for people to buy guns, that was certainly not the case at Black Weapons Armory in Tucson. Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today his office filed a Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against the Arizona firearms retailer accused of scamming gun owners out of thousands of dollars. The complaint alleges Black Weapons Armory and its owner John Thomas Rompel Jr. took payments for firearms and failed to deliver those firearms to consumers.
Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 12:48pm