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AZ State Trooper Facing Numerous Felony Charges

Sedona AZ — On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, after an internal audit and investigation, Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) detectives arrested Pedro Javier Aguila Muniz, 27, at the department’s headquarters. Aguila had been assigned to the Highway Patrol Division’s Metro [Phoenix] Bureau for approximately two years. Aguila was booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office 4th Avenue... 

AZ Couple Facing Charges After Defrauding Victims

Sedona AZ  — On Thursday, May 16, 2019, Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) detectives arrested and booked 42-year-old Kent Burton and his wife, 36-year-old Carly Burton and charged them with the following: • Aggravated taking the identity of another or entity • Forgery • Fraudulent schemes and artifices • Fraudulent schemes and practices/willful concealment • Perjury by inconsistent... 

YCSO Deputy Prevents $5500 Scam of Sedona Victim

Sedona AZ – On April 22, 2019, at 10:00 p.m., YCSO deputies were dispatched to a fraud incident in the Village of Oak Creek, Sedona, Arizona. A 92-year-old senior citizen believed he had been scammed after being told a family member was in jail who needed bail money to get out. The victim told deputies that a man claiming the name of Julius Ramsey called, identified himself as a bail bondsman,... 

Be vigilant and protect your private information from scammers

Sedona AZ (December 5, 2018) – During this holiday season of family and giving, the Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) is urging taxpayers and tax preparers to remain vigilant in protecting private information from scam artists. The department says fraudsters use this time of year to target unsuspecting tax filers and tax professionals with tax-related scams that are over the phone, text or... 

YCSO Seeking Counterfeit Currency Suspects

Man passing counterfeit money for store purchase. Sedona AZ (October 14, 2018) – On October 13, 2018, around 7:30 in the evening, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the Family Dollar store on East Hitching Post Way, Cordes Lakes, AZ. The reporting party told deputies that a man and woman came into the store around 6:30 p.m., shopped, and paid cash for their items... 

Don’t Be a Victim: Call the Police!

Sedona AZ (March 14, 2018) – If you know how scammers work, you will be better prepared to recognize a scam and not fall victim. Learn how to protect yourself from a scammer! Every few months, scammers re-try their tactics within a community they’ve already hit. Recent reports to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office include receiving a phone call identified by Caller ID as a local number.... 

Jury Warrant Scam Finds Prescott Victim

Sedona AZ (January 13, 2018) – In late December 2017, a 42-year-old Prescott man contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report losing money in the ‘jury warrant scam.’ The victim had received a call purportedly from a deputy at the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and was told he had a $4000 warrant for his arrest because he was a no show for jury duty. The scam suspect indicated that if the... 

Poco Diablo McGuire: Phony Pet Ads and Websites Scams

SedonaEye.com Star Pet Columnist Poco Diablo McGuire wants to stop pet purchase fraud. Sedona AZ (December 29, 2017) – Attention Four Paws Up Pals and Parents, it’s me Poco Diablo McGuire Star Pet Columnist writin’ from Sedonie Arizonie! Spread the news round the countryside that there be some bad ‘uns out there stealin’, lyin’ and a cheatin’ using pictures... 

Top Ten Scams

Sedona AZ (December 22, 2017) – As we enter this holiday season, we want to remind you that scams are constantly evolving and going in and out of fashion. Here is a list to remind you of scams that we will call the “top 10.” 1. Natural disaster scams Scammers are always the real “first responders” with charity scams and assistance scams related to natural disasters such as hurricanes/fire/floods.... 

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... 
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