A Guest article by Dean Garrison
Recently we reported on the arrest of Paul Peterson, an attorney and former elected public servant, who is now facing DOJ charges relating to adoption fraud and the smuggling of illegal aliens.
Peterson was allegedly bringing pregnant women, from The Marshall Islands, to America and putting their children up for adoption, for hefty profits.
It is now being reported that, in some cases, the women did not want to give up their children.
Here is a quick rundown from yesterday;s article at our sister site…
The Trump Administration’s crackdown on human smuggling and trafficking continues.
Many unborn children may have just been saved from a horrid existence by The DOJ.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arizona adoption attorney is facing several federal charges in Arkansas after being arrested in California Tuesday evening.
Paul Petersen, who is an assessor in Maricopa County and an attorney that practices law in Arizona, Utah and Arkansas, reportedly “devised a scheme to defraud and obtain money and property from unknowing adoptive parents and others.”
According to the Department of Justice, Petersen would pay pregnant Marsallese women to travel to Arkansas and put their babies up for adoption. He allegedly bought airline tickets and had them hide the motive to travel from Republic of Marshall Islands and United States authorities.
“In furtherance of this scheme, Petersen caused adoption case files to be opened that were supported by documents containing fraudulent material false statements,” the DOJ press release stated.
Those documents were then filed in Washington and Polk counties.
Authorities say Petersen reportedly hid his involvement in the payments, transferring “more than one million dollars into a bank account.”
He has been charged with one count of conspiracy to smuggle illegal aliens for commercial advantage and private financial gain, four counts of aiding and abetting, seven counts of wire fraud, five counts of mail fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Here is a video summary:
Today the plot thickens as questions of possible involvement by Jeff Flake and the late John McCain are surfacing.