Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich



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PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a convicted drug trafficker, who spent two months on the run, will spend 17 years and 6 months in prison. Patrick Pina, 44, absconded during his trial just before a jury found him guilty of the Sale of Dangerous Drugs, Money Laundering, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Marijuana. In October 2016, the Arizona Attorney General's Office sought the public's assistance in locating Pina. Two months later, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office arrested Pina at a home in Peoria, AZ.

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 11:45am

PHOENIX- Each year, the National Crime Victims' Rights Week sets one week aside to honor and reflect upon the important work that individuals, law enforcement, non-profits, and many other organizations across the country do to advocate for crime victims. This year, National Crime Victims' Rights Week was April 2nd - April 8th. This year's theme, Strength. Resilience. Justice., perfectly blends the attributes crime victims often must demonstrate in conjunction with the dedication that victim advocates have to ensuring that the best services and support are offered throughout a crime victims' long process of healing.

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 1:26pm

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Jayme Valenzuela, the former Mayor of the Town of Superior, pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Theft, a class 6 undesignated felony. In July 2016, a State Grand Jury indicted Valenzuela on one count of theft.

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 2:07pm

PHOENIX– Attorney General Mark Brnovich today issued a scam alert reminding college basketball fans to watch out for fake ticket scams ahead of the NCAA Final Four Games. High profile sporting events are prime targets for scammers.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 1:42pm

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced students are eligible to receive up to $60,000 in refunds after Para Health Professionals, Inc., and Examination Preparation Institute, Inc. issued unaccredited degrees and medical certifications. Students took seminars to become certified as Phlebotomists, Electrocardiogram Technicians, Medical Technicians, Behavioral Health Technicians, Healthcare Technicians, or Pharmacy Technicians. The restitution is part of a consent judgment obtained by the Attorney General’s Office against Para Health Professionals and Examination Preparation Institute for violations of the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act.

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 11:35am

PHOENIX- Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today an Arizona couple was sentenced to more than two years in prison after stealing more than $600,000 from their parents who were suffering from dementia. Michael Gonzales, 49, was sentenced to two years in prison and his wife Kimberly, 50, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. Both defendants will be placed on probation for four years after they are released from prison.

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 1:59pm

PHOENIX- Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today a judge sentenced a former high school bookstore manager to 18 months in prison for theft. Brenda Lynn Busse, 56, stole more than $120,000 from the bookstore at Tolleson Union High School. On February 21, 2017, Busse pleaded guilty to one count of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices and to one count of Theft.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 1:09pm

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Craig Allen Scherf for allegedly operating illegal Botox and laser clinics in Tempe and Scottsdale. Scherf is not licensed by the Arizona Medical Board or by any other agency governing the practice of medicine in Arizona. Scherf has been charged with Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, Fraudulent Schemes and Practices, Theft, Illegally Conducting an Enterprise, Taking the Identity of Another Person or Entity, 12 counts of Unlawful Practice of Medicine, and 12 counts of Endangerment.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 9:57am

TUCSON – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a jury found a personal driver guilty of stealing $18,000 from a 92 year old Tucson woman. Marisela Navarro was found guilty of 11 felony counts including one count of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, two counts of Theft, and eight counts of Forgery.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 12:51pm

PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich released the following statement after the Arizona Supreme Court unanimously upheld the constitutionality of Proposition 206. The Attorney General's Office defended Prop 206.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 5:57pm


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