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Former Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Indicted

Sedona AZ (May 25, 2017) – The following is a letter to the SedonaEye.com editor: Ex-ACC Chairman Gary Pierce Indicted on Felony Conspiracy, Bribery, Mail Fraud and Five Counts of Wire Fraud Information & Perspective by Warren Woodward Sedona, Arizona ~ May 25, 2017 Former ACC Commissioner Gary Pierce At a recent APS rate case meeting I was speaking to a seasoned rate case intervenor about... 

Scam Alert – Suspect Impersonating YCSO Personnel

Sedona AZ (December 8, 2016) – Yesterday afternoon, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a scam victim who reported receiving a call from a male suspect identifying himself as “Lt. Dave Williams” from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. The caller told her that she had a warrant for failing to appear for jury duty, and was able to confirm her correct social security... 

Elderly Client’s Caretaker Arrested for Stealing

Sedona AZ (March 2, 2016) – During the month of November and December 2015, Bonnie Staneart, 61, of Prescott Valley, Arizona, used the bank card and associated PIN of an 85-year-old victim without permission. Following a detailed investigation, Staneart was arrested February 24, 2016, on charges including theft, identity theft, use of bank card without consent and fraudulent schemes. Staneart... 

Mega Millions Lottery Fraud Targets Seniors

Sedona AZ (September 30, 2015) – The Arizona Attorney General’s Office recently issued a scam alert warning Arizonans of an aggressive “fake lottery” targeting seniors. The scam starts with a phone call from a person who falsely claims to be affiliated with Mega Millions. Seniors are told they’ve won the Mega Millions lottery and are asked to pay thousands of dollars... 

Sedona Police Chief on Identity Theft and Fraud

Article written by Chief of Police Raymond O. Cota and submitted by the City of Sedona AZ Sedona AZ (September 9, 2015) – According to Javelin Strategy and Research, a company that conducts in-depth research and studies on consumer fraud and security, 12.7 million Americans became a victim of identity fraud in 2014. This number translates to someone becoming a victim of identity fraud nearly... 

Unlicensed Vehicle Dealers Investigated

Sedona AZ (September 3, 2015) – Motor vehicles are sold in Arizona primarily through dealers licensed by the state, by private parties and unfortunately illegally by unlicensed dealers. The Arizona Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General investigates the illegal sale of vehicles and has conducted more than 250 investigations this year into the fraudulent activities. Approximately... 

YCSO Detectives Return Stolen $10,000 to Fraud Victim

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office returns money to an IRS tax fraud victim Sedona AZ (August 6, 2015) – In late June of this year, a 64-year-old Prescott, Arizona, resident reported the loss of $10,000 in an apparent IRS phone scam. She told deputies that she cares for her special needs brother and owes $9,000 in back taxes to the IRS on his behalf. She recently paid the IRS more than $5,000... 

New Computer Scam

Sedona AZ (July 28, 2015) – The following computer scam alert information is from Anthony Palermo, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office community liaison: I have a “company” on the phone telling me of problems with my computer etc. and, because I know this is a scam, I just hang up. Today, I received a call from a woman who told me the same story, but she admitted that she gave the caller... 

Publishers Clearing House Scam

Sedona AZ (June 19, 2015) – A 77-year-old Chino Valley resident called the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office on June 15, 2015, to report a fraud. The man told YCSO deputies that on Thursday, June 11, 2015, he received a cell phone call from a number with an 876 area code. This area code identifies the country of Jamaica, home base for suspects who victimize thousands each year. The suspect/caller... 

Drugs Forgery and US Counterfeit Currency

Sedona AZ (February 12, 2015) – During the evening of February 4, 2015, an alert Arizona Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped a black Ford Mustang displaying an expired registration. Its driver provided a Colorado driver’s license with the name “Bill Benjamin.” A check of the license number revealed no corresponding record. Determining the license was likely a... 
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