Petersen Resigns Amid Charges He Paid Women To Give Up Babies

Jan 7, 2020

An Arizona elected official has resigned amid charges he paid women from the Marshall Islands to give up their children for adoption in the U.S. Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen’s resignation Tuesday came after county leaders suspended him. 

Credit Maricopa County Assessor's Office facebook photo

Petersen has been charged with illegally paying women to come to the United States to give up their babies for adoption in three states.

He faces human smuggling charges in Utah and Arkansas and is accused of defrauding Arizona's Medicaid system.

His attorneys say Petersen ran a legal adoption practice and has been vilified before his side of the story comes out.