Retired Phoenix-area police officer sentenced to more than 300 years in prison for child sexual exploitation

Phoenix, Arizona - A retired Mesa police sergeant was sentenced earlier this month to 323 years in prison following his conviction on child exploitation charges stemming from a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Mesa Police Department.

Arizona Telemarketer Fined $110,000

Phoenix, Arizona - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced his office recently obtained a $110,000 judgment against Burudi Mwonyoni and his company, Publishers Service Office, Inc.  The default judgment is the result of an Arizona Consumer Fraud Lawsuit alleging Publishers Service Office used a magazine subscription scam to defraud consumers throughout the United States. Publishers Service Office placed 48,000 telephone calls a month, using an auto-dialer, to sell consumers new or renewed magazine subscriptions.

Four Year Prison Sentence for Ecstasy Dealing Nurse

Phoenix, Arizona - A former registered nurse is sentenced yesterday morning to four years in prison after selling MDMA or Methylenedioxymethamphetamine also known as “ecstasy” or “molly” announced Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Judge Warren J. Granville sentenced 41-year-old Brent Forrest after he pled guilty to Sale or Transportation of Dangerous Drugs and Facilitation of Sale or Transportation Dangerous Drugs.

Western Union Anti-Money Laundering Settlement Agreement

Phoenix, Arizona - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today a major development in the Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) agreement between Western Union Financial Services, Inc. and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. An independent court monitor found Western Union successfully implemented all of the primary recommendations required in the settlement agreement amendment dated January 31, 2014.

State Grand Jury Indicts Arizona Doctor

Phoenix, Arizona - Attorney General Mark Brnovich and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Phoenix Division announced a State Grand Jury indicted Dr. Harinder Kumar Takyar on 42 felony counts. The indictment alleges Dr. Takyar prescribed controlled substances with no medical necessity and provided compensation for the referral of patients to his medical offices in Mesa, Florence, and Coolidge, Arizona.