Arizona official quits months after being charged with ’human smuggling’

Arizona official quits months after being charged with ’human smuggling’

Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen, who faces dozens of felony charges in an adoption fraud scheme, resigned from his county job. He is accused of illegally paying women from the Marshall Islands to travel to the US to give up their babies. Petersen relied on associates on the islands -- where he’d done a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- to recruit women.

KCooper
KCooper
Just_Saying
Just_Saying 3 months

Another corrupt “conservative” bites the dust.

The Kosher Katfish
The Kosher Katfish 3 months

Look at that shit-eating grin. I bet this dude's a Mormon.

Paul C
Paul C 3 months

What kind of crazy people buy babies? Let alone coordinate their sale... Death penalty isn't right, but can we send them somewhere we never have to hear about them ever sgain?

david dindu
david dindu 3 months

why abort when there are americans willing to pay 25k per pop

Michael Mantion
Michael Mantion 3 months

"Citizens of the Marshall Islands have been prohibited from traveling to the U.S. for adoption purposes since 2003." that's not exactly true. the federated star of micronesian decided to follow a global treaty that prohibits the soliciting of pregnant women by offering cash or gifts. The women can come to you, and you can compensate them for the work. from what I see he offered adoption services and compensated employees and mothers who choose to put their kids up for adoption. That's common practice around the world I don't have all the facts but seems odd they are calling it human trafficking since everything seems explainable and legal. It's not human trafficking to legally transport women from a us territory to the us so they can have a safer birth and give their child a better life. I think there may be other laws broken, but there are no details and trafficking doesn't apply. this whole charge seems politically motivated. he's been working on these adoptions for 3 years, in the open, yet charge him when he seeks re election.

Fin
Fin 3 months

Why buy babies when u can just borrow them after u separate em on border n load em into foster care system n claim can't locate parents

Avi Khait
Avi Khait 3 months

what's offcial?

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