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Update on Adoption Scam (Human Trafficking? in Arizona/Utah


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Thanks smac97,

I know many of these people personally and many people who have used the Marshallese traditions in their adoption agencies (because it is the Marshallese tradition to "lend, adopt, their children for their children's betterment). I have even been asked to be a translator for one group ( I am still fluent) and have been asked to defend a Marshallese man who is currently charged with the sexual molestation of a child. I had to decline the former because I am very busy and the latter because I am not currently licensed in Utah. So, thank you for keeping me as well as all those on this board updated.

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20 hours ago, smac97 said:

Last fall we discussed a story about an Arizona man, former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen, who had been charged in what appeared to be a human trafficking scheme involving pregnant women from the Marshall Islands.

Today, there is an update:

Pretty horrible.-............

Isn't Maricopa County the same County which continually reelected that crazy Sheriff Joe Arpaio (24 years in office)?  Why do the people of that county trust such crazy office-holders?

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On 6/19/2020 at 3:55 PM, Bob Crockett said:

Well, defrauding the state is a serious problem. 

Yes, Bob, it is.  Nice of you to finally acknowledge that in this case.

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On 6/19/2020 at 12:38 PM, Robert F. Smith said:

Isn't Maricopa County the same County which continually reelected that crazy Sheriff Joe Arpaio (24 years in office)?  Why do the people of that county trust such crazy office-holders?

As a resident of said county, I can tell you that the two politicians were elected in very different environments and there was no publicly available information that Petersen was engaged in anything dodgy at the time of his election.  Arpaio is a completely different situation and he was long overdue for removal from office when it finally happened.  Moreover, he has tried to return to public "service" a few times since then and has been rejected soundly by voters.  How about you not engage in disparaging innuendo when your education, experience and training are more than adequate to know better than to fall prey to illusory pattern detection?

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47 minutes ago, ttribe said:

As a resident of said county, I can tell you that the two politicians were elected in very different environments and there was no publicly available information that Petersen was engaged in anything dodgy at the time of his election.  Arpaio is a completely different situation and he was long overdue for removal from office when it finally happened.  Moreover, he has tried to return to public "service" a few times since then and has been rejected soundly by voters.  How about you not engage in disparaging innuendo when your education, experience and training are more than adequate to know better than to fall prey to illusory pattern detection.

Sorry.  Maybe all the other Maricopa County officials are good people.  Stiil it does seem rather odd to say the least that Sheriff Arpaio kept getting reelected.  What was wrong with the voters?  I  know how a Sheriff's Dept is supposed to function first hand -- I had a career with a county Sheriff's Dept.

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1 hour ago, Robert F. Smith said:

Sorry.  Maybe all the other Maricopa County officials are good people.  Stiil it does seem rather odd to say the least that Sheriff Arpaio kept getting reelected.  What was wrong with the voters?  I  know how a Sheriff's Dept is supposed to function first hand -- I had a career with a county Sheriff's Dept.

First, it is most certainly NOT the case that "all the other Maricopa County officials are good people."  Geographically, Maricopa County covers 9,200 square miles.  MC has a population of approx. 4.5M.  It has all the same problems, if not more, than any other populace county in the States.  Anecdotally, I discovered a corruption scheme involving a MC public official in the course of investigating elements of a marital divorce case...so, there's a at least ONE OTHER bad one, out there.

Second, Arpaio's tenure was during a protracted period of local anger about alleged softness on crime and alleged uncontrolled immigration.  It's an embarrassing chapter to many of us.  This was also during a time when the voting population of Maricopa County was overwhelmingly conservative Republican.  He played to his base and people looked past his glaring shortcomings.  The complexion of Maricopa County has changed dramatically in the last 10 years.

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On 6/19/2020 at 12:38 PM, Robert F. Smith said:

Isn't Maricopa County the same County which continually reelected that crazy Sheriff Joe Arpaio (24 years in office)?  Why do the people of that county trust such crazy office-holders?

I live in Maricopa County. Arpaio's base is made up mostly of white, conservative Boomers. Arpaio is running for sheriff again but he isn't the only Republican running. Some guy by the name of Sheridan is running against incumbent Paul Penzone. 

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1 hour ago, ttribe said:

First, it is most certainly NOT the case that "all the other Maricopa County officials are good people."  Geographically, Maricopa County covers 9,200 square miles.  MC has a population of approx. 4.5M.  It has all the same problems, if not more, than any other populace county in the States.  Anecdotally, I discovered a corruption scheme involving a MC public official in the course of investigating elements of a marital divorce case...so, there's a at least ONE OTHER bad one, out there.

Second, Arpaio's tenure was during a protracted period of local anger about alleged softness on crime and alleged uncontrolled immigration.  It's an embarrassing chapter to many of us.  This was also during a time when the voting population of Maricopa County was overwhelmingly conservative Republican.  He played to his base and people looked past his glaring shortcomings.  The complexion of Maricopa County has changed dramatically in the last 10 years.

It's quite silly that Arpaio ran for senate. We don't need a dangerous asshat like him in office. He's almost 90 years old, too. His senility and paranoia should be enough to stop him from holding office.

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On 6/22/2020 at 4:37 PM, Damien the Leper said:

It's quite silly that Arpaio ran for senate. We don't need a dangerous asshat like him in office. He's almost 90 years old, too. His senility and paranoia should be enough to stop him from holding office.

We seem to elect them anyways.

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Apparently Petersen plead guilty today (or yesterday - since I'm posting after midnight) to human smuggling in Arkansas:

Arizona’s Paul Petersen pleads guilty in Arkansas human smuggling case

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JUNE 24, 2020 AT 4:30 PM

PHOENIX — All that’s left for disgraced former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen’s illegal adoption case is the sentencing.

On Wednesday, Petersen pleaded guilty in Arkansas to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit human smuggling, completing the judgement portion of his three-state case.

Six days earlier, the former elected official pleaded guilty in Arizona on four state fraud charges related to his adoption scheme involving pregnant woman from the Marshall Islands.

A day later, he pleaded guilty in Utah to three state counts of human smuggling and one count of communications fraud.

Petersen faces up to 16.5 years in prison related to the Arizona case for fraudulently claiming the Marshallese women were Arizona residents to get them health care coverage, bilking the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System out of over half a million dollars.

He also was ordered to pay $650,000 to Arizona’s Medicaid system, $11,000 to a victim and $18,000 to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office for investigative costs.

He faces up to 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine in the Utah portion of the case and 10 years and a $250,000 fine for the federal case in Arkansas.

 

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