adoption scheme

Maricopa County Assessor's Office

A co-defendant in a human smuggling operation told police that a prostitution camp in the Marshall Islands provided many of the pregnant women involved in former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen's allegedly illegal adoption business.

Maricopa County Assessor's Office

Investigators have found no evidence an Arizona official neglected his duties after he was charged with running an adoption-fraud scheme involving women from the Marshall Islands.

Officials have hired two law firms and a former Arizona attorney general to investigate the Maricopa County Assessor who is trying to keep his job as he defends himself against human smuggling charges.

(Maricopa County Assessor's Office via AP)

A lawyer for an elected official in metro Phoenix charged with running a human smuggling scheme involving pregnant women from the Marshall Islands says Tuesday that his client is willing to go to court to challenge other officials who suspended him without pay after his arrest.

Maricopa County Board Names Temporary Assessor Replacement

Oct 31, 2019
Maricopa County

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has appointed a former county flood control director as a temporary replacement for suspended Assessor Paul Petersen.