The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has suspended an elected official accused of running a human smuggling scheme involving pregnant women from the Marshall Islands brought to the U.S. to give birth for adoptions. The board voted unanimously Monday to suspend Assessor Paul D. Petersen without pay for up to 120 days.
A Utah judge has reduced the bail for the Maricopa County Assessor charged in an alleged human smuggling scheme involving pregnant women. A district judge Friday reduced Paul D. Petersen’s bail to $150,000 from $3 million.
The Maricopa County Assessor has been indicted in an adoption fraud scheme. The Arizona Attorney General's Office has confirmed the 32-count federal indictment against Paul Petersen for conspiracy, theft, forgery and 29 counts of fraudulent schemes.