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Mark Brnovich



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PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Jennifer Garrett on 10 felony counts after allegedly falsifying her income to qualify for more than $70,000 in state benefits. During the time Garrett aka Jennifer Haynie received state medical benefits, investigators allege she and her then-husband owned and operated a successful car restoration business in Arizona. In addition, Garrett allegedly purchased a Nissan 350Z and a Mercedes SUV while receiving state benefits.

Monday, April 25, 2016 - 10:16am

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a Consumer Fraud Lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court against Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche for allegedly defrauding Arizonans by falsely advertising, selling, and leasing thousands of so-called environmentally friendly, low-emission Clean Diesel cars. More than 4,000 Arizonans own so-called “Clean Diesel” Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche vehicles.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 11:05am

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Andrew James May on six felony counts for his involvement in an alleged credit card scheme. May is accused of scamming customers into paying thousands of dollars in processing fees for high-limit credit cards and failing to deliver the credit cards to customers. The indictment charges May with one count of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, one count of Theft, and four counts of Criminal Impersonation.

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 10:49am

TUCSON - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced convicted registered sex offender Chad Andrew Berkley is back in custody after being on the run for more than two months. The U.S. Marshals arrested Berkley in Arivaca, AZ after tracking him through multiple states. Berkley is currently facing Sexual Exploitation of a Minor charges. A judge set Berkley's new bond at $500,000. He's currently being held in the Pima County Jail.

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 2:53pm

TUCSON - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a Pima County Grand Jury charged Courtney Rochelle Ward with Money Laundering, Fraud, and Forgery for allegedly participating in a national money laundering scheme. The AZAG Border Crimes and Special Investigation Section began an investigation after Ward began depositing and withdrawing more than $140,000 into Wells Fargo bank accounts. Ward is suspected of smurfing, an activity that involves making numerous cash deposits of less than $10,000 at multiple bank branches to avoid reporting requirement triggers.

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 3:38pm

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today a State Grand Jury indicted John Cronin Astori on charges of Securities Fraud, Sale of Unregistered Securities, Transactions by Unregistered Dealers and Salesmen, and Investment Advisory Services Fraud. Astori is accused of committing these criminal acts on the SAME DAY as his arraignment for financial crimes charges involving a different indictment against him.

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 8:33am

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a judge sentenced John William Parks to 10 years in prison for scamming Arizona seniors out of more than one hundred thousand dollars. Parks pled guilty to Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices as part of a plea agreement. The judge also ordered Parks to pay back $136,815 in restitution to the 10 victims. The Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case after joint investigations by the Arizona Registrar of Contractors, the Phoenix Police Department, and the Mesa Police Department.

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 11:11am

(Phoenix, AZ) – Today, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that he plans to work with the legislature to prohibit county and statewide officials from releasing election data before all polls are closed.

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 2:08pm

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today a judge sentenced 54-year-old Gerardo Alonzo Avila to one year in prison after he pled guilty to one count of Insurance Fraud, a class 6 felony. Avila filed a claim with his insurance company, Liberty Mutual, stating his home in Maricopa was burglarized on September 22, 2013. Avila inflated his claim by stating valuable Native American artifacts were stolen worth more than $220,000.

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 10:22am

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today a jury found April Mooney guilty of one count of Theft, a class two felony, and four counts of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, class two felonies. Mooney stole approximately $240,000 from her employer utilizing four different fraud schemes. The defendant used the stolen money to pay for personal expenses, dining, shopping, and ATM withdrawals at various casinos.

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 12:43pm


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