PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General's Office says an appeals court has upheld the limited use of motor vehicles to retrieve lawfully taken elk and bison on the Kaibab National...
PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has ruled that the sheriff's office in metro Phoenix violated the constitutional rights of an inmate accused in a terrorism plot by opening his privileged legal mail while...
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General's office says three men, including two who worked with children, have been indicted on child sex exploitation charges.
Internet company must pay more than $200K in restitution
PHOENIX (AP) — An online business that offered fraudulent investment opportunities must pay more than $200,000 in restitution.
The Arizona Attorney General's Office said Thursday that Charles Richard Montoya Mayville has been ordered to repay consumers up to $265,000.
Prosecutors say Mayville's company, Alternative Online Design, sold work-from-home opportunities and advertising services.
Prosecutors urge court to uphold Jodi Arias’ conviction
PHOENIX (AP) — The prosecutor who won a guilty verdict against Jodi Arias in the 2008 death of her former boyfriend made mistakes at trial that should be outweighed by overwhelming evidence of her guilt, state lawyers said while urging an appeals court to uphold her conviction.
Woman accused of stealing real estate closing funds
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A woman faces charges in Tucson accusing her of stealing closing funds during real estate transactions.
The Arizona Attorney General's office said Friday that Alysia Franco, also known as Martha Orozco, is charged with theft, second-degree money laundering, conducting an illegal enterprise and conspiracy.
Online court records indicate that Franco has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Her attorney did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment Saturday.
Arizona gets fraud judgment against landscaper
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General's office says it has obtained a $195,761 judgment against a landscaper who provided little or no work to homeowners who gave him tens of thousands of dollars.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Thursday the judgment was the result of a consumer lawsuit filed in June against landscaper Brent Ford.
The court ruling on the case found that Ford had collected about $90,000 from consumers for landscaping services he did not deliver.
Arizona financial adviser gets 6 years for stealing
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General's office says a former financial adviser has been sentenced to six years imprisonment for stealing money from dormant bank accounts.
Prosecutors said Wednesday that 36-year-old Steven Watson of Gilbert, Arizona will also serve seven years of probation upon his release. Watson was an associate financial adviser at a local bank in 2014 when he developed a plan to steal money from dormant accounts.
Arizona AG wants more funding for prosecuting border cases
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General's Office is seeking more funding to ease the burden brought by a rise in cases at the border.
The caseload for prosecutors in the office's southern Arizona unit has gone up significantly, according to attorney general spokesman Ryan Anderson.
The office hasn't gotten any additional funding, but the Department of Public Safety, which has made more arrests through the Arizona Border Strike Force, continues to get funds, Anderson said.
Arizona Attorney General moves against Purdue Pharma
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General's office has taken legal action against Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of the opioid painkiller OxyContin.
The filing Monday in Pima County Superior Court alleges that Purdue engaged in deceptive and misleading marketing to push opioids, in violation of a prior court order issued in 2007 in connection with the state's Consumer Fraud Act.
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona pharmacy technician is facing numerous charges for his role in the theft of hundreds of boxes of diabetic test strips.
The Arizona Attorney General's Office said Friday a grand jury has indicated 30-year-old Robert Brian Kemple. He's facing 33 charges related to the theft of more than $100,000 of medical supplies from a CVS Pharmacy over several months.
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona authorities say a former medical billing assistant accused of leading an opioid trafficking ring in Mohave County has been sentence to two and a half years in prison.
The Arizona Attorney General's Office said in a statement Thursday that Amanda Lee Doyle was sentenced after pleading guilty in May to charges that included attempting to obtain a narcotic drug by fraud and attempted computer tampering.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General's Office has signed an agreement to resolve a lawsuit against the city of Tempe over its use of tax breaks to private developments.
The agreement announced Tuesday settles the dispute related to Tempe's use of government property lease excise tax rates that were effectively eliminated by the state Legislature in 2010.
Tempe now can no longer use its prohibited tax loophole scheme on new leases.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General's Office says a major methamphetamine trafficking ring in the Phoenix metro area has been dismantled.
Law enforcement officials reported seizing more than 30 pounds of meth and 18 illegal firearms when the defendants were arrested on May 2.
Authorities say five people also were indicted for their alleged involvement in the drug trafficking ring that operated in Tempe, Tolleson, Avondale and west Phoenix.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona attorney general's office says a Tucson man has been sentenced to 170 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor after downloading pictures and video of child pornography on his cellphone.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Friday announced the sentence for Edgar Allen Fristoe.
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a former Quartzsite police evidence technician has been indicted for allegedly stealing money she was responsible for safeguarding as evidence.
The Arizona Attorney General's Office says 46-year-old Christy Conley also is accused of lighting a fire inside of the evidence room in an attempt to cover her tracks.
Conley allegedly stole about $20,000 from the Quartzsite Police Department's evidence safe including $13,000 that belonged to a deceased man's estate.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona authorities are seeking a drug trafficker found guilty last week of transporting 8.5 pounds (3.85 kilograms) of methamphetamine.
State Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Thursday asked the public to be on the lookout for Antonio Quintero-Ayon, who was also convicted of conspiracy and conducting a criminal enterprise.
State finds tax break warrants Arizona Supreme Court action
PHOENIX (AP) — The use of tax breaks by a Phoenix-area city for one of two developments did not violate state law, but its second use was questionable, according to a review by the state attorney general.
The property-tax break that Tempe gave to the developer of the Graduate Hotel adheres to state law, the Arizona Attorney General's Office report said. But the city's tax break for a Bank of the West building may be in violation of state statue.
Chiropractor faces prison time in unlicensed dentistry case
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson chiropractor faces prison time on convictions for fraud and other crimes for allowing an unlicensed dentist to practice out of his chiropractic clinic.
The Arizona Attorney General's Office says Dr. Jesus Bernal faces between 3 and 25 years in prison when he's sentenced Feb. 15 in Pima County Superior Court.
A jury earlier this month convicted Bernal of fraud, money laundering, practicing dentistry without a license, conspiracy, and illegal control of an enterprise.
Prison for unlicensed Arizona contractor in remodeling scam
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General's Office says an unlicensed contractor has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for failing to complete home remodeling jobs.
State prosecutors say James Servellon also must pay more than $23,000 in restitution to victims.
They say Servellon scammed families by offering to perform home remodeling services for an upfront payment from April 2009 to July 2015.
Stickers going on trucks to reach human trafficking victims
PHOENIX (AP) — A campaign against human trafficking aims to enlist the help of thousands of truck drivers.
The Arizona Attorney General's Office says it is donating to pay for more than 25,000 window stickers to be placed on big rigs throughout the state to encourage trafficking victims to call or text for help.
Companies involved in the Truckers Against Trafficking campaign include Albertsons, Knight Transportation, Swift Transportation and Western Refining.
Arizona AG reviewing school district’s procurement practices
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General's Office is investigating the hiring of contractors by the Scottsdale school district as the findings of a separate internal investigation has turned up no violations of procurement laws.
Arizona AG won’t pursue charges against ex-speaker’s staff
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona attorney general's office said it won't seek charges against anyone who worked for former House Speaker David Gowan for delaying the release of public records or making changes that apparently were intended to hide some expenses from the public.
State: Mohave County officials did not violate meeting laws
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General's Office has ruled that the Mohave County Board of Supervisors did not violate the state's open meeting laws when it interviewed eight supervisor applicants in a closed session.
The Attorney General's Office did, however, state that the Board of Supervisors did not use the best practice.
Man gets probation for cyberattack on agencies’ 911 systems
PHOENIX (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty in an August 2016 cyberattack on Phoenix-area 911 emergency systems must serve three years of probation.
The Arizona Attorney General's Office says authorities will be able to monitor Meetkumar Desai's computer while he serves the probation term imposed Tuesday by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge.
Tucson to pay state $100,000 after gun destruction case loss
PHOENIX (AP) — The city of Tucson has agreed to pay the Arizona attorney general's office $100,000 to cover the state's costs of prosecuting a case where it alleged the city was likely violating state law by destroying seized firearms.
The agreement released Wednesday comes about a month after the Arizona Supreme Court sided with the state. The court ruled that a Tucson gun destruction ordinance conflicts with a state law requiring municipalities to sell guns that come into their possession.
Man accused in online dating scam gets 15.75 years in prison
PHOENIX (AP) — A man accused of preying on women in an online dating scam has been sentenced to almost 16 years in prison.
The Arizona Attorney General's Office says Daylon Pierce was sentenced Friday.
He earlier pleaded guilty to one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General's Office said Tuesday it won't prosecute former state House speaker David Gowan following a fraud investigation into expense reimbursements.
A memo detailing the investigation said it found numerous accountability shortcomings in House of Representatives expense-reimbursement procedures and reporting shortcuts by Gowan but a lack of clear-cut violations involving criminal intent by the Republican from Sierra Vista.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General's Office has announced 88 new criminal charges against 13 defendants previously accused of operating a major heroin trafficking ring in Tucson.
Authorities say five of the 13 defendants also are facing child abuse charges.
The AG's Office says the heroin trafficking ring was dismantled last November.
PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Councilman Michael Nowakowski is under investigation.
The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/2q6BKhp ) Friday that the Arizona Attorney General's Office has been conducting an investigation involving Nowakowski since at least last spring.
Arizona indictment accuses man of impersonating doctor,
PHOENIX (AP) — A man accused of impersonating a doctor and using injections and a laser to treat at least a dozen people for wrinkles and other conditions at Tempe and Scottsdale clinics faces numerous criminal charges.
The Arizona Attorney General's Office announced Tuesday that charges against Craig Allen Scherf include 12 counts each of unlawful practice of medicine and endangerment.
AG to prosecute Pinal County woman in death of daughter
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General's Office is taking over the prosecution of a Casa Grande woman accused of killing her 13-year-old daughter.
The Casa Grande Dispatch (https://goo.gl/ABL6af ) reports that the transfer was forced by Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer having provided legal advice to defendant Connie Villa while he was a defense attorney.
Grand jury indicts brothers in fatal Glendale shooting
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General's Office says two brothers have been indicted in connection with the 2016 killing of a Glendale man.
Prosecutors announced Friday that 21-year-old Enrique Luna and his 19-year-old brother, Israel Carrasco, are facing numerous charges that include first-degree murder, armed robbery and kidnapping.
Both men are being held on a $750,000 cash-only bond. Arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday.
The Latest: Arizona Chamber urges judge to block wage hike
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a legal challenge to Arizona's voter-approved minimum wage increase (all times local):
An attorney representing Arizona business groups told a judge that the state will need $55 million to comply with a voter-mandated boost in the minimum wage in the coming six months. He called the increase "irreparable harm" requiring that the law be blocked from taking effect.
Arizona AG: Auto glass company settles a consumer fraud suit
PHOENIX (AP) — An automobile glass company is banned from making telemarketing calls for six years as part of a settlement in an Arizona consumer fraud lawsuit.
The Arizona Attorney General's Office says that under the settlement, Larmore Auto Glass admitted to placing illegal telemarketing calls to Arizonans listed on the National Do Not Call Registry.
Authorities say the company has agreed to pay the state $50,000 in civil penalties.
Arizona prison inmate, wife indicted on terrorism charges
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona prison inmate and his wife have been indicted on state terrorism charges, prosecutors announced Thursday.
Thomas Orville Bastian and Michelle Marie Bastian are accused of plotting to commit an act of terrorism at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis in Buckeye, according to the Arizona Attorney General's Office.
Phoenix-based travel company is accused of consumer fraud
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General's Office is accusing a Phoenix-based travel arrangement company of using deceptive sales tactics to get customers to buy hundreds of thousands of dollars in vacation packages.
The lawsuit alleges Arch Vacations Inc. violated the Consumer Fraud Act through several misleading practices, including not providing consumers with pertinent information.
Arizona woman is accused of conspiracy to commit terrorism
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say an Arizona woman has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit terrorism.
Michelle Bastian was taken into custody after agents from the Phoenix office of the FBI and the Arizona Attorney General's Office served search warrants Wednesday in Chandler and Florence.
No other details were immediately released about Bastian or the case.
No charges against detective accused of padding overtime
PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against a Maricopa County sheriff's detective accused of padding his overtime pay during a secret investigation that critics say targeted a judge presiding over Sheriff Joe Arpaio's racial profiling case.
Consolidation for 1,106 lawsuits targeting state businesses
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General's Office says a judge has granted its motion to consolidate more than 1,100 open lawsuits filed by a serial litigator targeting state businesses.
The judge also stayed the 1,106 cases pending further order of the court and barred the plaintiff from filing any new complaints asserting similar claims.
Glendale woman gets prison term for stealing from a charity
PHOENIX (AP) — A Glendale woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing funds from a non-profit cancer support charity.
The Arizona Attorney General's Office says Melissa Talal still faces an upcoming restitution hearing.
She pleaded guilty to theft and fraudulent schemes and artifices.
Talal began working in 2006 as a finance coordinator for Cancer Support Community Arizona, a charity that provides support to cancer victims and their families.
AG: Arrest warrant issued for unlicensed dentist in Phoenix
PHOENIX (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a woman accused of treating patients at an unlicensed dental practice out of her Phoenix apartment.
The Arizona Attorney General's Office says 54-year-old Elda Graciela Margez De Zamora is wanted for failing to appear at a pretrial conference in July.
She was arrested in May after authorities received a tip about an unlicensed dental and orthodontics office.
Arizona official says guns are allowed at private schools
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's attorney general says the state's private elementary, middle and high schools can allow guns on campus.
State and federal laws don't prevent someone with an Arizona concealed-carry permit from carrying a concealed gun on private school grounds, according to a recent opinion released by the Arizona Attorney General's Office.
Arizona AG poised to enforce law cutting funds to cities
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona attorney general's office is preparing to launch investigations of counties, cities or towns that violate a new law forbidding them from passing local regulations like plastic bag bans that conflict with state law or the state Constitution.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich's office posted forms Friday for legislators to use to file complaints that trigger the probes.
Under the law that takes effect Saturday, a single lawmaker can trigger...