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Arizona official accused of human smuggling in adoption fraud scheme, authorities say

8 monthes ago   |   By WBALTV

An Arizona county assessor is accused of human smuggling as part of a scheme that involved more than 40 pregnant women from the Marshall Islands brought to the United States to give up their babies for adoption.
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Arizona Politician Charged in Human Trafficking Adoption Scheme

Arizona Politician Charged in Human Trafficking Adoption Scheme

8 monthes ago   |   By Time

An Arizona elected official ran a human smuggling scheme that promised pregnant women thousands of dollars to lure them from a Pacific Island nation to the U.S., where they were crammed into houses to wait to give birth, sometimes with little to no prenatal care, prosecutors allege.
Paul Petersen, the Republican assessor of Arizona's most populous county, was charged in Utah, Arizona and Arkansas with counts including human smuggling, sale of a child, fraud, forgery and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
The charges span about three years and involve some 75 adoptions. Investigators...
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