201906

Mesa Man Indicted In Child Sexual Exploitation Case

PHOENIX -- Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Michael Christopher Navage with one count of Aggravated Luring of a Minor for Sexual Exploitation, one count of Attempted Sexual Conduct with a Minor, and one count of Possession of Dangerous Drugs. These charges relate to an online undercover operation conducted by the Mesa Police Department. The undercover operation helped identify individuals interested in engaging in sex acts with children by using the internet to lure minors for sexual exploitation.

Attorney General Brnovich Obtains Restitution for Pearl Bridal Victims

PHOENIX -- Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced consumers who were the victim of Pearl Bridal and its owners, Erica and Tyson Miltenbergers, will receive up to $90,000 in restitution under a Consent Judgment filed today. The settlement resolves a lawsuit filed in September 2018 in which the State alleged Pearl Bridal and the Miltenbergers used false advertising and deceptive practices to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in prepayments for wedding dresses, and

Attorney General Brnovich Reaches $190,000 Settlement with WedReel for Failing to Provide Wedding Videos

PHOENIX -- Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that his office obtained a consent judgment against WedReel, LLC and its owners, after WedReel took nearly $170,000 from consumers for wedding videos but never provided the videos or refunds.

“Your wedding day should be one of the best days of your life, and you shouldn’t have to worry about your vendor disappearing with your money,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “Businesses cannot be allowed to mislead consumers and disappear without keeping their promises.”

AG Brnovich Announces $2.5 Million of Sham Cancer Charity Funds Will Go to Real Cancer Charities

PHOENIX -- Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that as a result of a recent settlement, $2.5 million will be distributed to actual cancer centers across the country as a result of a multistate enforcement action against sham cancer charities. The $2.5 million was recovered through a settlement of a landmark lawsuit against four affiliated sham charities – the Cancer Fund of America, Inc., The Breast Cancer Society, Inc., Cancer Support Services, Inc., and the Children’s Cancer Fund of America – their founder James Reynolds, and other individuals.

Three Indicted for Alleged Involvement in Fentanyl Drug Bust

PHOENIX -- Attorney General Mark Brnovich is announcing a State Grand Jury indicted Edwin Radames Veliz-Flores, Ines Helena Acosta and Roberto Yescas for one count of Conspiracy, one count of Illegally Conducting an Enterprise, one count of Transportation of Narcotic Drugs (fentanyl) for Sale over threshold, and Offer to Sell or Transfer a Narcotic Drug (fentanyl) over threshold.

AG Brnovich Announces $670,000 in Community Grants to Provide Support Services for Homeless and At-Risk Vulnerable Populations

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that five community organizations from across the state will receive a total of $670,227 in grants from the Attorney General’s Office that will assist at-risk vulnerable populations and homeless adults and families as they work towards self-sufficiency and independence. The grant money will help vulnerable populations including seniors, veterans, and individuals suffering from mental illness or neurocognitive disease with services and essential items including utility and rent assistance, meals, and transportation.

Former Department of Public Safety Crime Lab Employee Indicted for Theft

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that a Grand Jury indicted 52-year-old Todd Whittard for Fraudulent Schemes & Artifices and Theft.  Whittard was a supervisor in the Arizona Department of Public Crime Lab Firearms Section and is believed to have stolen items that belonged to the department during his employment.The investigation was performed by the Department of Public Safety (DPS). 

AG Brnovich Announces Nearly $4 Million in Debt Relief for 412 former Arizona ITT Tech Students

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced his office secured an agreement to obtain $3,980,230.28 in debt relief for 412 former ITT Tech students in Arizona as part of a multistate settlement with 43 other states. Nationally, the settlement will result in debt relief of more than $168 million for more than 18,000 former ITT students. The settlement is with Student CU Connect CUSO, LLC (“CUSO”), which offered loans to finance students’ tuition at ITT Tech, the failed for-profit college.