Loading...
You are here:  Home  >  Courts/Law  >  Current Article

Former County Assessor Paul Petersen pleads guilty to welfare fraud in international adoption scheme

Posted by   /  June 18, 2020  /  No Comments

    Print       Email
Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen leaves the Matheson courthouse in Salt Lake City with this attorney Scott Williams,/Scott Winterton/Deseret News

By Robert Anglen | Arizona Republic 

Former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen pleaded guilty Thursday to welfare fraud and forgery connected to an international adoption scheme he operated in Arizona, Utah and Arkansas.

Petersen, during a closed hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court, admitted cheating the state’s health care system for the poor out of more than $800,000 and forging documents to jack up the fees he charged adoptive parents.

As part of a plea agreement with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Petersen pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud and one count of forgery, all felonies.

Petersen faces up to 16.5 years in prison on the Arizona charges.

For more stories that matter: Click here to subscribe to azcentral.com.

He is separately facing state charges of human smuggling in Utah and federal charges of smuggling, fraud, conspiracy and money laundering in Arkansas.

He has pleaded not guilty in those cases.

READ ON:

    Print       Email
  • Published: 2 weeks ago on June 18, 2020
  • Posted by:
  • Last Modified: June 18, 2020 @ 1:27 pm
  • Filed Under: Courts/Law, Family Law

Leave a Reply

You might also like...

Arizona gyms defying the governor and city officials in attempt to stay open

Read More →