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PHOENIX - A judge today granted the Arizona Attorney General’s Office's Motion to Consolidate 1,106 open lawsuits filed by a serial litigator targeting Arizona businesses. Today the judge also stayed the 1,106 cases pending further order of the court and barred the Plaintiff, Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities, from filing any new complaints asserting similar claims.
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 4:46pm
TUCSON - Attorney General Mark Brnovich and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced a judge sentenced Thaddaeus Sanchez Ruelas to 50 years and 6 months in prison. Ruelas sold more than 600 grams of methamphetamine to police informants and undercover agents between December 11, 2014 and April 8, 2015. Ruelas is also a five-time convicted felon.
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 10:56am
PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced AZAG Special Agents are searching for six people indicted by a State Grand Jury for their alleged involvement in a Black Money Scam.
Monday, September 19, 2016 - 12:48pm
PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today the State of Arizona has reached a settlement in a lawsuit challenging SB 1070. The settlement keeps in place a key provision of SB 1070 section 2(b) which allows Arizona law enforcement to check the immigration status of those suspected of being in the country illegally. Under the settlement, all Plaintiffs and Defendants in Valle Del Sol vs. Whiting, agreed to dismiss their appeals.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 1:53pm
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