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PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the first criminal prosecution resulting from Arizona’s new telemarketing statute. Lukeroy Rose, the owner of Rose Marketing, pleaded guilty to making unlawful telephone solicitations and operating a fraudulent telemarketing business. The Arizona Telephone Solicitations statute, amended in August 2016, makes it a class 5 felony for unregistered telemarketers to make unlawful calls to in-state AND out-of-state consumers.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 11:29am
PHOENIX - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced 47 year old Patcharin Koibuchi was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison and 3 years of probation for her role in a Tempe-based sex trafficking operation. In December 2016, Koibuchi pleaded guilty to Attempted Illegal Control of an Enterprise and Attempted Money Laundering, both class 4 felonies.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:05am
PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced his office filed an Arizona Consumer Fraud lawsuit against Adobe Carpet Cleaning, LLC, a Phoenix-based business. Adobe Carpet Cleaning allegedly made telemarketing calls to consumers on the National Do Not Call Registry.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 1:18pm
PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Roy Eugene Ramey III on 4 counts of Unlawful Sexual Contact with an Inmate, a Class 5 felony.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 7:39am
PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Aaron Blodgett and Matthew Blodgett pleaded guilty to 4 felony charges for their involvement in a craigslist employment and credit improvement scam. The Blodgett brothers each pleaded guilty to 1 count of Fraudulent Schemes & Artifices, 2 counts of Theft, and 1 count of Securities Fraud.
Monday, January 9, 2017 - 2:21pm
PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted a former Eloy Elementary School District payroll clerk on 14 felony counts for alleged theft and misuse of public monies. Denise Burden is accused of stealing approximately $23,504 from the school district by paying herself unapproved overtime.
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 1:44pm
PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced the appointment of Dominic Draye as Solicitor General. Draye replaces John R. Lopez IV who left office to serve as an Arizona Supreme Court Justice.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 3:34pm
PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Derrick Thompson AKA Abu Talib Al-Amriki on charges related to supporting a foreign terrorist organization. Thompson, 30, is charged with Participating in a Criminal Syndicate, Assisting a Criminal Syndicate, and Attempted Misconduct Involving Weapons.
Friday, December 30, 2016 - 8:09am
Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that the State of Arizona has entered into a settlement agreement with Diamond Resorts Corporation, a timeshare sales company with resorts located in the United States and internationally. The assurance of discontinuance requires Diamond to pay the State a total of $800,000, of which $650,000 will be used for consumer restitution and $150,000 for the State’s attorneys’ fees and costs. The assurance also includes a relinquishment program, which requires Diamond to allow qualifying consumers, who no longer want their timeshares, to return them to Diamond with no further obligations.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 8:31am
PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today his office won a Preliminary Injunction against a group of Arizona-based real estate consulting companies accused of scamming Arizona families. The Attorney General’s Office filed a Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against ProSolutions LLC, and owner, Ruben Diaz, in March of 2016. The lawsuit alleges ProSolutions and Diaz preyed on Spanish-speaking families who wanted to buy a home, acting as a home loan financing officer, and taking thousands of dollars in down payments from them. Families thought they purchased a home and later discovered they never owned the home.
Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 1:50pm