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PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Melissa Talal was sentenced to 2 years in prison after stealing from an Arizona non-profit cancer support charity. Talal pled guilty to 1 count of Theft and 2 counts of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices.

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 9:32am

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today a judge sentenced Chalice Zeitner to more than 25 years in prison after Zeitner faked cancer to qualify for a taxpayer funded abortion and scammed veterans charities out of more than $15,000. Zeitner was convicted of 17 felonies at two separate trials. The Attorney General’s Office prosecuted this case after an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Phoenix Field Office and AHCCCS.

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 12:36pm

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a judge issued an arrest warrant for 54-year-old Elda Graciela Margez De Zamora. Margez De Zamora failed to appear at an initial pretrial conference and is believed to be on the run. A State Grand Jury indicted Margez De Zamora for allegedly operating an unlicensed dental practice. She is currently facing 2 felony counts including Fraudulent Schemes and Practices and Practicing Dentistry Without a License.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 2:06pm

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a judge sentenced Steve Nolte to 9 years in prison for stealing more than $571,000 from his former employer. The sentence imposed by the Court was ordered to run consecutive to Nolte’s three-year federal prison sentence for passport fraud, aggravated identity theft, and use of a falsely-obtained Social Security Number.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 8:25am

PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich released the following statement after U.S. District Judge Reed O’Conner issued a nationwide injunction prohibiting the Obama Administration from enforcing its bathroom directives against public schools across the country

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 11:31am

BISBEE – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a jury convicted Edith and James Hughes of multiple felony counts involving financial exploitation of an 86 year old woman. They were both found guilty of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, Theft from a Vulnerable Adult, Misuse of a Credit Card, and Unlawful Use of Power of Attorney.

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 2:29pm

PHOENIX – A 16-state coalition led by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich recently filed an Amicus Brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in the Grace v. District of Columbia Second Amendment legal fight. Matthew Grace is a member of Pink Pistols, an organization dedicated to the legal, safe, and responsible use of firearms for self-defense within the LGBT community. Arizona is joined in the Amicus Brief by Attorneys General from Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 10:53am

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a former Phoenix Rescue Mission employee will go to prison for 3.5 years for stealing social security benefits from the homeless. A judge sentenced Sergio Solorzano after he pled guilty to an Attempted Fraud Scheme, Theft, and Taking the Identity of Another. The Court also ordered Solorzano to pay all three victims $61,286.47 in restitution.

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 12:52pm

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today a jury convicted Jose Castro-Felix of Queen Creek, Arizona of Conspiracy, Conducting an Illegal Enterprise, Possession of Cocaine for Sale, Possession of Heroin for Sale, and Money Laundering for his involvement in a Mexico-based cocaine and heroin trafficking organization. The conviction stems from Castro-Felix’s possession of more than a $1,000,000 worth of heroin and cocaine and $50,000 in drug proceeds in August 2012. Castro-Felix failed to show up for his trial and is currently on the run. A judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 11:39am

PHOENIX –Attorney General Mark Brnovich in partnership with the Phoenix Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation announce the indictment of Steffan Burris and Jennifer Burris for their alleged involvement in a financial investment fraud scheme.

Monday, August 15, 2016 - 12:57pm


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