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Ex-politician in prison in adoption scam gets 5 more years

DPS  raids home of Maricopa County Assessor Paul D. Petersen
Posted at 4:10 PM, Mar 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-19 23:02:19-04

PHOENIX (AP) — A former Phoenix politician already in prison on a six-year sentence for operating an illegal adoption scheme involving women from the Marshall Islands was ordered to serve another five years behind bars for defrauding Arizona's Medicaid system in a scam to get taxpayer-funded health coverage for the birth mothers.

Paul Petersen, a Republican who was Maricopa County's elected assessor for six years and worked as an adoption attorney, on Friday received the second of three sentences.

His five-year Arizona punishment is to be served after he completes his six-year federal sentence in Arkansas.

No sentencing date has been scheduled for Petersen's convictions in Utah.