REPORT: Official in Arizona’s largest county arrested in shocking smuggling and adoption scheme

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PHOENIX — The assessor of Arizona’s largest county has been indicted in connection with 11 felony offenses, including human smuggling, sale of a child and communications fraud in an adoption fraud scheme, authorities said.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office confirmed the 32-count federal indictment Tuesday against Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen for conspiracy, theft, forgery, and 29 counts of fraudulent schemes, The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday.

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Petersen has for years run an adoption law practice in Mesa that involves bringing women from the Marshall Islands to the U.S. to give birth. Their babies are then adopted by U.S. parents, authorities said. Petersen charged $40,000 per adoption, according to his website.

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The report states that Petersen “illegally obtained services from Arizona’s Medicaid system for the women by falsely claiming they are Arizona residents,” bilking the state out of over $800,000.

He “recruited, transported, and offered payment to pregnant Marshallese women to give their babies up for adoption in the United States,” the office of Utah Attorney General stated.

The scheme involved bringing 40 pregnant Marshall Islands women into Utah over the past three years.

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1 Comment

  1. J Willi October 10th, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Hmmm…he being arrested because the Democrats in office didn’t think of it first? They seem to LOVE giving illegals our tax dollars and benefiting from it themselves.

    The likes of Pelosi/Schumer/AOC/Omar/Tliab/Waters etc etc should be all for a scheme like this.


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