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Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today AG Special Agents arrested a former bookstore manager at Tolleson Union High School. 56-year-old Brenda Lynn Busse is accused of stealing more than $120,000 from the TUHS bookstore. A State Grand Jury indicted Busse on one count of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, Theft, and Misuse of Public Monies.

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 9:43am

Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a grand jury has indicted an adult probation officer accused of stealing from probationers and the State of Arizona. 43-year-old Mary Ellen Beck is charged with theft, money laundering, fraudulent schemes and artifices, fraudulent schemes and practices, and forgery.

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 2:35pm

Phoenix, AZ – Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced Uncle Joe’s Auto Sales is banned from selling cars in Arizona after violating the state's Consumer Fraud Act. The used car dealership and its owners will also pay $70,000 in consumer restitution. The restitution is part of a Consent Judgment reached against Front Line Auto Auction, LLC, doing business as Uncle Joe’s Auto Sales and Uncle Joe’s Auto Consignment Shop (“Uncle Joe’s”) and its principals, Joseph and Gina Colombo. The Consent Judgment also bans Uncle Joe’s and the Colombo’s from owning, operating, or managing a motor vehicle sales or finance business in Arizona.

Monday, December 7, 2015 - 12:17pm

Phoenix, AZ - Attorney General Mark Brnovich will discuss a major development in an ongoing AGO investigation involving an Arizona Corporation Commissioner.

Monday, November 30, 2015 - 8:55am

Phoenix, AZ – Attorney General Mark Brnovich today filed a Petition for Special Action to remove Arizona Corporation Commissioner (“Commissioner”) Susan Bitter Smith from office. The Petition filed this morning in the Arizona Supreme Court is the result of an ongoing investigation regarding an alleged violation of a conflict of interest statute. The Attorney General's Office alleges Bitter Smith is ineligible to hold office because of her conflict of interest as a registered lobbyist and executive for a trade association of cable companies regulated by the Arizona Corporation Commission (“Commission”).

Monday, November 30, 2015 - 10:48am

Phoenix, AZ - With Black Friday one day away, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is reminding Arizonans to watch out for potential scams while shopping this holiday season. "Every holiday season, thieves prey on good, hard-working families,” said Attorney General Brnovich. “Learning how to protect yourself against these scam artists will help avoid extra stress during the holidays.”

Friday, November 27, 2015 - 7:57am

Phoenix, AZ – Attorney General Mark Brnovich today is warning Arizonans of an alarming new phone scam in which con artists pose as representatives of the Attorney General’s Office to steal money from consumers. The scammers appear to be targeting consumer fraud victims who have lost money in past telemarketing scams. The con artists falsely claim they can help victims get their money back. Victims are conned into paying hundreds of dollars and receive nothing in return.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 2:26pm

Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich will be presenting oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court in the Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (AIRC) on December 8, 2015, after the high court approved a motion to participate earlier today.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 2:39pm

Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced the sentencing of an admitted child pornographer. 35 year old Thomas Robert Kernohan will spend 14 years in prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor after receiving and distributing child pornography. Upon his release from prison, Kernohan will be placed on lifetime probation and will be required to register as a sex offender.

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 1:40pm

Phoenix, AZ –Special Agents with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office are currently serving 6 search warrants in Casa Grande, Tucson, Pinal County, and Pima County. The warrants are being served in connection with a $2.8 million dollar money laundering, drug trafficking, and fraud of state benefits case. The AZ DES Office of the Inspector General, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department, and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department is assisting in the investigation and execution of today’s search warrants.

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 12:20pm


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