Marshall Islands

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 Considers Applicants To Replace Assessor

Feb 5, 2020
maricopa.gov

Maricopa County is narrowing down its search for a replacement for former County Assessor Paul Petersen.

(Scott G. Winterton/The Deseret News via AP, Pool)

The Maricopa County Assessor accused of paying women from a poor Pacific island nation to give their babies up for adoption in the United States has made an appeal to keep his job.

realclearpolitics.com

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.

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A lawyer for an Arizona elected official accused of running an adoption-fraud scheme is pushing back against human smuggling charges, saying his client ran a legal practice and “made happy families.”

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