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Arizona officials for removing assessor over adoption case

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Posted at 1:13 PM, Dec 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 15:20:30-05

PHOENIX - The Board of Supervisors for Arizona's largest county has unanimously agreed to uphold the suspension and push for the removal of the county assessor, who is charged in a wide-ranging adoption scheme.

The Maricopa County attorney is to now start the process to remove Paul Petersen, who was arrested and charged in a scheme involving the adoption of babies from the Marshall Islands.

Board members said during their Friday special meeting that Petersen's county laptop held many documents related to his adoption business, including messages threatening women who had planned to surrender their babies for adoption. Petersen denies any wrongdoing.