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Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today his office shut down a fake veterans charity that used aggressive telemarketing calls to scam seniors across the nation out of thousands of dollars. A Stipulated Consent Judgment dissolves three Phoenix telemarketing companies owned by Robert Foster - Happy Hands, LLC, Standing Tree, LLC, and Action Point, LLC (collectively “Defendants”). The Defendants used a telemarketing scheme to target vulnerable seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other memory-related disorders. The seniors were convinced to purchase household products for an 1,800% markup, claiming the surplus money paid would help disabled or disadvantaged veterans. None of the proceeds were used for charitable purposes.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 1:08pm
Phoenix, AZ – A Peoria man is sentenced to 12 years in prison after downloading hundreds of images and dozens of videos of child pornography announced Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. 25-year-old Shane Perry Anderson was also sentenced to lifetime probation and must register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 3:48pm
Attorney General Brnovich announced today that Arizona, along with four other states, recently filed a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Final Rule revising the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (“NAAQS”, or “ozone standard”).
Monday, November 16, 2015 - 10:38am
Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced that the Arizona Corporation Commission (“Commission”) joined with 23 other states in filing suit against the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") challenging the Obama Administration’s Section 111(d) Rule. The Attorney General’s Office and the Commission together are challenging the unlawful plan to radically restructure the way electricity is produced and consumed throughout the country. The Rule, as promulgated by the EPA, would result in dramatically higher electricity bills and significantly less reliable service for families, businesses, hospitals, and schools across America.
Monday, October 26, 2015 - 6:10am
Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced Special Agents with the Arizona Financial Crimes Task Force served 6 search warrants in connection with an illegal criminal enterprise involving Asian massage parlors suspected of operating as houses of prostitution in the Phoenix metro area. The focus of the Arizona Financial Crimes Task Force is identifying organizations involved in human sex trafficking.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 2:47pm
Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued a scam alert today warning of an ongoing and very aggressive telephone scam that appears to be intensifying in Arizona. Approximately 70 IRS telephone scam complaints were filed with the Attorney General’s Office last month. The IRS phone scam mainly targets seniors. Scammers pose as agents with the Internal Revenue Service or the US Treasury Department. Victims are threatened with arrest if they don’t make an immediate payment for taxes or fines owed.
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 3:33pm
Attorney General Mark Brnovich is urging Arizona T-Mobile customers and T-Mobile account applicants to take immediate action and place fraud alerts on their credit reports. More than 350,000 Arizonans may be affected by a data breach that exposed the personal information of approximately 15 million people who applied for T-Mobile service.
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 1:57pm
Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today a Grand Jury indictment against a Chandler woman accused of misusing public funds provided by a State of Arizona scholarship program. Reshanett McDermott was indicted on four felony counts: one count of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, one count of Fraudulent Schemes and Practices, and two counts of Theft.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 2:07pm
A Phoenix man involved in a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme will spend the next five years in prison announced Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. On Friday, a judge sentenced Jeffrey Heady to five years in prison and seven years probation upon his release. Heady pled guilty to four counts of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, Class 2 felonies. An investigation by the Attorney General's Office revealed the defendant stole more than $1,000,000 from 15 families.
Monday, October 5, 2015 - 11:02am
Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today a consent judgment obtained against Arizona-licensed Foreclosure Attorney Brent Randall Phillips. Phillips violated the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act by engaging in fraudulent and deceptive practices when offering loan modification services to struggling homeowners facing foreclosure. The judgment bars Phillips and his law firms, Phillips Law Center, P.L.C., d/b/a Randall Law Group, and Farmers Law Group from conducting mortgage loan modification services in the State of Arizona or on behalf of Arizona consumers and obtains restitution for victims.
Friday, September 25, 2015 - 11:44am