Paul Petersen, an adoption lawyer and Maricopa County Assessor, has been charged with dozens of crimes for allegedly leading a human trafficking operation that smuggled pregnant women into the country from the Marshall Islands.
Authorities accuse of Petersen of bringing these Marshallese women into the U.S. where they would give birth to their children who would then be placed them up for adoption in the state of Utah. He faces 11 second and third-degree felonies in Utah, which include sale of a child, human smuggling, and communications fraud.
“The commercialization of children is illegal and the commoditization of children is simply evil,” Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said to reporters on Wednesday.
Petersen is charged with an additional 32 charges in his home state of Arizona, including fraud, forgery and theft. Prosecutors believe he committed Medicaid fraud to the tune of $800,000, as the women he smuggled into the country were unlawfully subsidized by the state. He has also been charged in Arkansas of crimes like conspiracy, wire fraud and mail fraud.
Petersen gained a foothold in the Marshall Islands due to his missionary work there with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. According to court records, he would offer pregnant women up to $10,000 to travel to the U.S. shortly before they were scheduled to give birth. Once they were there, he would house them until the babies were delivered.
His scam was apparently very lucrative, as court records indicate he would charge families between $25,000 and $40,000 to adopt a child and amassed $2.7 in a bank account over a two-year span. He is being held on a $500,000 bond while awaiting a court appearance on Oct. 15.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is calling upon Petersen to resign following the ghastly conspiracy charges lobbed against him.
“Due to the serious nature of these allegations and out of respect for the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office, each member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors calls for the resignation of County Assessor Paul Petersen,” the board said in an official statement.
“Petersen’s prompt resignation will ensure his legal issues don’t distract him from leading the County Assessor’s Office. The Board will continue to provide the necessary resources and leadership to the Assessor’s Office so the team can remain focused on providing excellent customer service to the residents of Maricopa County,” they added.
Before these charges surfaced, Peterson was considered a Republican politician in good standing, and a friend of former Gov. Jan Brewer.
“I do know him, and I knew his father, who was Arizona’s treasurer,” Brewer said during an appearance on a KTAR News radio show Wednesday afternoon. “And it’s just shocking and almost unbelievable that something of this magnitude showed up this morning on the news.”
“People in politics for some reason, people in business for some reason, they get offered an opportunity and the greed, the God-almighty dollar, steps in and takes over and that’s obviously what had happened here,” she added about her long-time colleague. “Surely he knew what he was doing was wrong.”
Supreme Court Rules President Trump Cannot Touch DACA with John Roberts Casting the Deciding Vote
SCOTUS stands for amnesty.
The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) determined on Thursday via a 5-4 ruling that President Donald Trump cannot end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects some 800,000 illegals from being deported from the country.
Trump had sought to reverse an executive order made by former President Barack Obama which granted amnesty to the illegals, believing Obama’s order was unconstitutional. Although it is well-understood that presidents have the authority to reverse executive orders, SCOTUS arbitrarily revoked that power for Trump because he did not give them a reason they found satisfactory for doing so. Trump is now effectively banned from revoking DACA until he can give an explanation that the courts and left-wing special interests determine as acceptable.
Far-left lawyers seized on the coronavirus pandemic to make their case to keep the privileges for illegal immigrants, claiming that DACA recipients included “dentists, pharmacists, physician assistants, home health aides, technicians.”
“Termination of DACA during this national health emergency would be catastrophic,” the immigration attorneys claimed in their April 2 filing.
However, hospitals were letting personnel go throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as nurses danced in TikTok videos due to lack of activity on the job. The lack of logic behind their argument did not seem to matter to SCOTUS, who bought it hook, line and sinker.
The SCOTUS ruling comes after a bipartisan push by corporate Republicans and Democrats who have backed widespread amnesty to push down the cost of labor and increase their massive profits:
Billionaire heirs Charles and David Koch are gearing up to wage a public influence campaign in favor of granting amnesty to ‘dreamers,’ illegal immigrants brought to the United States at a young age.
TIME magazine reported that the inheritors of the massive Koch family fortune plan to use their extensive political infrastructure to exert muscle with the hopes of securing a legal status for the approximately 700,000 DACA illegals. The political move would come as the latest effort in the Kochs’ long history of seeking to increase levels of immigration to the United States even higher, further than the current record-breaking annual flow.
Formerly holding a prominent role in national Republican politics, the Koch brothers fell into disrepute among conservatives and Republicans for a series of policy views at odds with the everyday citizen, including financial support for wage-sinking mass immigration. The Kochs declined to support Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, although they had previously been among the most extensive and prolific political donors in the United States…
While fashioning themselves as “free market capitalists,” the family fortune that the eponymous Koch brothers use to advance their political ideals was obtained through methods foreign to their own conception of free markets, to put it mildly. The founder of the family business, Fred Koch, became a multi-millionaire after accepting a partnership with the Soviet Union under its leader Joseph Stalin to build oil refineries. Somewhat shockingly, the overseas business activities of Fred Koch also included the construction of a plant in National Socialist Germany under Adolf Hitler in the 1930’s.
The notion of reclaiming the judiciary is looking more like a pipe dream with rulings such as this and the LGBT mandate against private businesses being approved by so-called conservative justices.
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