Maricopa County Assessor Paul D. Petersen

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

Allegations that a politician in metro Phoenix ran an international adoption scheme in three states ranks as the top news story of 2019 in Arizona, according to the Associated Press.

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.