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Indicted Maricopa County assessor resigns, awaits criminal trials in adoption fraud scheme

Posted by   /  January 7, 2020  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics, Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic  Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen, who faces dozens of felony charges in three states, resigned from his county job Tuesday.  The supervisors said they believed Petersen’s absence from office while incarcerated for nearly three weeks in October qualified as neglect of duty. Petersen’s resignation comes after months of him […]

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Mesa triplex used in Paul Petersen’s adoption business sold; profits seized by state

Posted by   /  January 4, 2020  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

Paul Petersen leaves Maricopa County Superior Court with his attorney, Kurt Altmar By Robert Anglen | Arizona Republic During an Oct. 8 raid, Arizona state troopers found eight pregnant women living in the cramped triplex on Brown Road west of Stapley Drive. Utah authorities documented a similar scene at a home Petersen owned in West […]

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Supervisors uphold Petersen’s suspension, ask county attorney to seek his removal from office

Posted by   /  December 28, 2019  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law  /  No Comments

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors prepares to go into executive session on Oct. 14, 2019, to discuss indicted county Assessor Paul Petersen. /Photo by Jeremy Duda /Arizona Mirror By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors upheld indicted assessor Paul Petersen’s suspension and took things a step further by asking […]

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Paul Petersen’s wife files for divorce; a successful claim could be Pyrrhic victory, says Rose Law Group family attorney Audra Petrolle

Posted by   /  December 20, 2019  /  Courts/Law, Family Law  /  No Comments

Raquel Petersen says the marriage is “irretrievably broken and without a reasonable prospect of reconciliation.”/12 News Raquel Petersen alleges Maricopa County assessor hid and spent their money for his own benefit. Prosecutors have seized both their assets as potential restitution By Brahm Resnik | 12 News The wife of suspended Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen […]

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Indicted County Assessor Petersen’s co-defendant to testify against him

Posted by   /  December 20, 2019  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

This undated photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office shows 46-year-old Lynwood Jennet, who authorities say helped Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen in what authorities have called an illegal adoption scheme involving women from the Marshall Islands. By Andrew Nicla| Arizona Capitol Times Indicted Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen’s co-defendant in an alleged illegal […]

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Supervisors delay decision on Petersen suspension after testy hearing

Posted by   /  December 11, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Attorney Kory Langhofer, who represents indicted County Assessor Paul Petersen, spoke at a hearing contesting Petersen’s suspension by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Listening to Langhofer, from left to right, are supervisors Jack Sellers, Steve Chucri and Bill Gate. /Photo courtesy Maricopa County By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror A hearing to determine whether […]

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Opinion: Maricopa County should hold its nose and (gag) reinstate Assessor Paul Petersen

Posted by   /  December 9, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.) By Laurie Roberts Arizona Republic  A county investigation shows Paul Petersen hasn’t neglected his official duties as tax assessor — largely because he doesn’t have many. Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen appears in court at the Matheson courthouse in Salt Lake City on Nov. 15, […]

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Maricopa County report: Petersen performed county duties. Should suspension stand?

Posted by   /  December 6, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Paul Petersen at his Salt Lake City arraignment./Deseret News By Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic  A report commissioned by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to investigate embattled County Assessor Paul Petersen turned up little evidence of professional misconduct.  The Board of Supervisors suspended Petersen in October after he was arrested on a deluge of […]

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County investigators find no evidence Petersen neglected duties

Posted by   /  December 6, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Paul Petersen appears at court in the Matheson courthouse in Salt Lake City Utah with his attorney Scott Williams on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Petersen is facing multiple charges of human smuggling among other charges in other states./ Scott G. Winterton /Pool By Dillon Rosenblatt | Arizona Capitol Times Investigators tasked by Maricopa County Officials […]

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These adoption experts have been trying to stop attorneys like Paul Petersen for decades

Posted by   /  December 3, 2019  /  Family Law  /  No Comments

Maricopa County Attorney Paul Petersen leaves the Matheson courthouse in Salt Lake City with his attorney Scott Williams and another unidentified man on Nov. 15, 2019./Scott Winterton/Deseret News  By Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic  Social worker Mary Jarman called a young adoption agent named Paul Petersen in the early 2000s to discuss adoption issues in […]

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