Maricopa County Assessor Paul D. Petersen

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 Contests Suspension

Nov 8, 2019
Maricopa County Assessor's Office

Paul Petersen has requested a hearing to contest his suspension as Maricopa County assessor while he awaits trial for human smuggling and other charges related to his adoption business.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

The governing board in Arizona's most populous county is taking steps to suspend an elected official accused of running a human smuggling scheme.

The president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands is applauding U.S. authorities for arresting an Arizona elected official accused of running an illegal adoption scheme involving pregnant Marshallese women.

Officials: Adoptions In Arizona Trafficking Scheme Won't Be Undone

Oct 10, 2019
(Maricopa County Assessor's Office via AP)

Officials in three states say they will not try to interfere with dozens of adoptions done as part of a human smuggling scheme that led to charges against Maricopa County Assessor Paul D. Petersen.