A woman who acknowledged helping former Arizona politician Paul Petersen in an illegal adoption scheme involving women from the Marshall Islands was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday.
Paul Petersen, Maricopa County’s assessor for six years, illegally paid women from the Marshall Islands to give up their babies in at least 70 adoption cases in Arizona, Arkansas and Utah.
A former Maricopa County Assessor is sentenced to five more years behind bars for his involvement in an adoption scam scheme involving pregnant women from the Marshal Islands.
Petersen, who is serving a 6-year prison term for a federal conviction in Arkansas stemming from the adoption scheme, is asking for a sentence of five years or less in Arizona -- and that he be allowed to serve it while doing his prison term in the Arkansas case.
Paul Petersen has asked an appeals court to throw out his six-year prison sentence, arguing a judge double-counted factors in the case that increased the severity of his punishment, such as concluding that he abused his position as an adoption attorney.
Paul Petersen, the former Maricopa County Assessor who pleaded guilty in connection with a human trafficking adoption scheme, must report to prison to serve out the first of his three prison sentences.
An ex-Maricopa County Assessor who resigned following his arrest in connection with an illegal adoption scheme involving women from a Pacific island will spend just over six years behind bars for the crime.
Paul Petersen, a Republican who served as metro Phoenix’s assessor for six years, also worked as an adoption attorney and paid mothers from the Marshall Islands to give up their babies.
A federal judge on Tuesday set a change-of-plea hearing for Paul Petersen, a Republican who served as Maricopa County’s assessor for six years until his resignation in January.
Paul Petersen, a Republican who served county assessor in metro Phoenix, has also struck a plea agreement with Arizona prosecutors on state Medicaid-fraud charges. He’s expected to enter similar pleas to federal charges in Arkansas next week.
Former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Peterson has pleaded guilty to fraud charges in connection to a human trafficking adoption scheme involving women from the Marshall Islands.
A co-defendant in an alleged human smuggling operation told police that a prostitution camp in the Marshall Islands provided many of the pregnant women involved in former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen's allegedly illegal adoption business.
Cook replaces Paul Petersen who's accused of running a human smuggling operation that paid pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to give up their babies in the United States.
Maricopa County is moving closer to selecting a new assessor who will serve out the remainder of Paul Petersen's term.
Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen, who is accused of running a human smuggling operation that paid pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to give up their babies in the U.S., has resigned from his position.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has voted to uphold Assessor Paul Petersen's suspension, who's accused of directing an international human smuggling scheme.
A woman accused of aiding a politician in metro Phoenix in what authorities say was an illegal adoption scheme involving women from the Marshall Islands has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and theft charges.
An Arizona county won't decide before Christmas whether to reinstate an elected official who was suspended when he was accused of directing an international human smuggling scheme, a spokesman said Thursday.
Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen, who is accused of running an international adoption scheme, is appealing his suspension from office.
Maricopa County Supervisors are preparing to do something that has never been done in the county's history, conduct an appeal hearing for a suspended official.