Attorney General Horne Announces Indictment of Scott Helmer on Charges of Fraudulent Schemes

PHOENIX (Wednesday, February 23, 2011) -- Attorney General Tom Horne announced today that Scott Arthur Helmer, 36, of Tempe, Arizona was indicted by an Arizona State Grand Jury of 20 charges related to his operation of his insurance business, Helmer Risk Management, LLC located in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Helmer is charged with eleven counts of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, class 2 felonies, five counts of Theft, class 2 felonies and four counts of Theft, class 3 felonies.

Attorney General Horne Co-Sponsoring Fair Housing Webinar Friday

PHOENIX (Tuesday, February 22, 2011) - Attorney General Tom Horne is inviting the public to participate in a fair housing webinar on Friday, February 25th from 9:30 am to noon.

The webinar will feature a panel of experts from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Community Legal Services, the Southwest Fair Housing Council, and Don’t Borrow Trouble Arizona.  Discussion topics will include discrimination, reasonable accommodations, complaints, equal opportunities, protected classes, assistive animals, children and fair lending.

Horne Says Mexico Risks Becoming a Failed State Unless Mexico and the U.S. Cooperate to Combat Drug Violence and Economic Upheaval

PHOENIX (Wednesday, February 16, 2011) -- Attorney General Tom Horne, speaking at the Border Security Expo and Conference in Phoenix, said today that the United States and Mexico need to work in cooperation to combat the organized criminal enterprises that control drug traffic into the U.S.  These criminal enterprises could threaten the Mexican government, and it is very much in the interests of the U.S. and Arizona to help Mexico.

Arizona Attorney General Horne Joined by the Gila River Indian Community Sue to Stop Glendale Casino and to Protect the Gaming Compacts

PHOENIX (Monday, February 14, 2011) -- Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and the Gila River Indian Community today announced the filing of a joint lawsuit to stop a Glendale Casino from opening in a Glendale neighborhood near a local high school. Working together to protect Arizona - Tribal Gaming Compacts, the State of Arizona and the Gila River Indian Community have taken this action to stop Tohono O’odham from opening a casino that would violate the Proposition 202 Compacts approved by the citizens of Arizona and seventeen other Arizona tribes.

Attorney General Tom Horne Confirms the Arrest of Melissa Gizelle Pacheco on Charges of Vulnerable Adult Abuse

PHOENIX (Thursday, February 10, 2011) -- Attorney General Tom Horne today confirms the arrest of Melissa Gizelle Pacheco of Phoenix, Arizona, on multiple charges of vulnerable adult abuse. Pacheco, a registered nurse, is being arrested for her alleged conduct as owner of the Fiesta Village Assisted Living Facility, where she allegedly failed to properly staff, maintain and clean the home where at least 65 adults with both physical and mental limitations were living under her care.

Horne Joins Governor Brewer in Lawsuit Against Obama Administration for Failure to Protect Arizona's Border with Mexico

(PHOENIX) – Thursday, February 10, 2011 -Attorney General Tom Horne has joined Governor Jan Brewer in filing a counterclaim against the federal government – which is suing Arizona over S.B. 1070 – for not fulfilling its Constitutional mission to protect the international border.  A summary of the filing and the complete lawsuit are attached.

Deputy Cochise County Sheriff and Wife Charged with Embezzling Nearly $1 Million Dollars from Sierra Vista Doctor

PHOENIX (Wednesday, February 9, 2011) - Attorney General Tom Horne today announced the charging of Angelina Lopez and her husband, Cochise County Sheriff’s Deputy Victor Lopez, of Sierra Vista, Arizona.  Lopez and her husband have been charged with embezzling nearly $1,000,000 from her former employer, a medical doctor in Sierra Vista, Arizona. 

Horne Announces Clean Elections Candidate Robert Mark Green Entered Guilty Plea: Green Falsified His Application to Receive Funds to Run for District 7

PHOENIX (Tuesday, February 08, 2011)  --  Attorney General Tom Horne announced today that Robert Mark Green, 48 of Phoenix, entered a guilty plea today to resolve his pending felony charges in Maricopa County Superior Court.  Green pleaded guilty to forgery, a felony, admitting that he falsified a "Participating Candidate's Application to Receive Funds and Qualifying Contribution Report" filed with the Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission on March 8, 2010, as part of Green's campaign for the Republican nomination for State Senate in Legislative District 7.

Horne: Lethal Injection Lawsuit Is Frivolous

Phoenix (Friday, February 4, 2011) - Attorney General Tom Horne responded today to a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia by several Arizona inmates against the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in which the inmates have asked the court to order the FDA to deny importation of drugs used for executions and to recall drugs already acquired from other countries.  Arizona carried out the execution of inmate Jeffrey Landrigan in October using drugs obtained from England and intends to use drugs from the same supplier in upcoming executions.  The FDA has