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PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced additional criminal charges have been filed against a former employee at the Phoenix Rescue Mission accused of stealing social security benefits from the homeless. A State Grand jury indicted Sergio Solorzano on three additional felony charges of Fraudulent Schemes & Artifices, Theft, and Taking the Identity of Another.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 9:49am
PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced April Mooney was sentenced to five years in prison after stealing approximately $240,000 from her employer. Mooney was sentenced after a jury found her guilty of one count of Theft and four counts of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices last month. Mooney stole $240,000 and used the money to pay for vacations, dining, shopping, and ATM withdrawals at various casinos.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 8:08am
PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a judge sentenced Mark Edward Ray to 19 years in prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Ray will be placed on lifetime probation and will also be required to register as a sex offender after serving his prison sentence. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Jay Adleman handed down Ray’s sentence saying the “evidence was overwhelming,” and the circumstances of the crimes were “unusually aggravated.”
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 8:09am
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, 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 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