Paul Petersen

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.

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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.

(Maricopa County Assessor's Office via AP)

A lawyer for an Arizona elected official charged in three states with facilitating an illegal international adoption scheme says prosecutors have miscast his client as a human smuggler.

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.

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