Saturday, June 27, 2020
Former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen pleaded guilty Wednesday to a human smuggling charge for what prosecutors called his role in running an illegal adoption scheme in three states involving women from the Marshall Islands. Petersen pleaded guilty in federal court in Arkansas to conspiracy to commit human smuggling, the third guilty plea he's entered for the scheme. Petersen, a Republican who served as Maricopa County, Arizona's assessor for six years until his resignation in January, pleaded guilty in Arizona and Utah to smuggling and fraud charges last week.
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