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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 02:09 PM

Arizona official charged with human smuggling in adoption fraud

Petersen is an active member of the Maricopa County Republican Party, the Arizona Republican Party, and a precinct committeeman in Legislative District 25, according to the bio.

Arizona official charged with human smuggling in adoption fraud

Phoenix, Arizona 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.

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.


[link:https://www.cbsnews.com/news/paul-petersen-assessor-maricopa-county-arizona-accused-human-smuggling-marshall-islands-adoption-fraud/|

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StarryNite Oct 9 OP
Wellstone ruled Oct 9 #1
StarryNite Oct 9 #2
Wellstone ruled Oct 9 #3
StarryNite Oct 9 #4
Wellstone ruled Oct 9 #5
StarryNite Oct 9 #6
Horse with no Name Oct 9 #7
pecosbob Oct 9 #8
Hekate Oct 9 #9
StarryNite Oct 9 #10
Hekate Oct 9 #11

Response to StarryNite (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 02:28 PM

1. Watch for this story to explode in the near future.

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Response to Wellstone ruled (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 02:32 PM

2. As it should.

They just had a press conference on about it. I'm sure a lot more will come out.

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Response to StarryNite (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 02:35 PM

3. Watch for this to come out of Utah.

There will be a couple of people not liking this story.

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Response to Wellstone ruled (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 02:39 PM

4. Yes, he's a Mormon too...

According to Civil Beat, Petersen, who is Mormon, served his mission as a young man in the Marshall Islands and learned to speak the language.

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Response to StarryNite (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 03:04 PM

5. Yes he is,

and his Missionary Partners will be running for cover. The Iceberg is coming into view.

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Response to Wellstone ruled (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 03:07 PM

6. I wonder how deep this goes?

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Response to StarryNite (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 03:10 PM

7. I was just reading this

He defrauded Arizona taxpayers millions of dollars by using Medicaid dollars for these women to deliver.
He is only being held on $500k bond.

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Response to StarryNite (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 03:13 PM

8. Republicans eating each other...my, oh my.

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Response to StarryNite (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 03:26 PM

9. This is actually stunning, when you think of how tiny the Marshall Islands are

Wikipedia. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Islands

I ended up wandering thru Wiki for awhile looking for clues ... It's all atolls -- Kwajalein is the biggest, at 6 square miles.

But the major clue (not in Wiki) is that he is a Mormon who did his mission in the Marshalls, knows the language, knows the cultural levers. "I can help you." Damn him.

Anyhow, glad this Petersen guy is out of business.


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Response to Hekate (Reply #9)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 03:28 PM

10. He wasn't working alone...

Hopefully a lot will go down with him.

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Response to StarryNite (Reply #10)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 03:32 PM

11. Agreed

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