Fraud & Identity Theft
Created in 2004, the Fraud & Identity Theft Enforcement (FITE) Bureau prosecutes a broad range of fraud offenses, including complex white collar financial crimes, Medicare and Social Security fraud, employee embezzlement, counterfeit merchandise, elder financial exploitation and trafficking in stolen identities.
These offenses are punishable by severe penalties under Arizona law as well as the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). FITE attorneys work closely with local and federal agencies such as the Arizona Corporation Commission, FBI, ATF, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Secret Service to aggressively prosecute con artists, identity thieves and organized criminal syndicates.
Arizona ranks as one of the top states in fraud and identity theft crimes which target a wide variety of victims, including consumers, the elderly, retailers, investors and government agencies. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is committed to protecting citizens from these crimes by increasing public awareness and helping to shape legislation designed to hold these criminals accountable. Download our Identity Theft Brochure
Danny Wise Receives 35-Year Prison Sentence for Tax Fraud Scheme
A former Certified Public Accountant in Scottsdale who bilked six of his clients out of nearly $1 million will spend 35 years in prison, according to a sentence handed down today by the Honorable David B. Gass.
Stanley Torgerson to Serve Three Years in Prison for Fraudulent Car Selling Scheme
A Valley businessman who sold vehicles for customers but pocketed the money for himself will go to prison for 3.25 years followed by seven years of supervised probation.
Serial Identity Thief Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison
A long history of fraud, forgery and theft finally caught up with Gerald Calmese when Judge Daniel G. Martin sentenced him to serve a term of 30 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections for stealing and fraudulently using credit cards he obtained from women he dated.