Paul Petersen


A former elected official in metro Phoenix accused of running an illegal adoption scheme in three states involving women from the Marshall Islands has pleaded guilty to fraud charges.

Maricopa County Considers Applicants To Replace Assessor

Feb 5, 2020

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

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An Arizona elected official has resigned amid charges he paid women from the Marshall Islands to give up their children for adoption in the U.S. Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen’s resignation Tuesday came after county leaders suspended him. 

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

Maricopa County won't decide before Christmas whether to reinstate an elected official who was suspended when he was accused of directing an international human smuggling scheme. 

(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.