Sherman Unkefer, the Scottsdale gold-and-juice scamster targeted in a $54 million RICO suit, supposedly sold $5.4 million in gold and silver in 2013 to stop it from going to his victims. Marc Olivieri, who worked with one of Unkefer's associates, detailed the alleged sale in an affidavit filed rece ... More >>
Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk has rejected the findings of an administrative law judge in the campaign finance case against Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, and reinstated her original order, demanding that Horne and AG outreach director Kathleen Winn reimburse donors $400,000. In a decisi ... More >>
At BC Wellness Center, a small retail shop in Black Canyon City, two black vending machines sit side by side behind a counter, where they can be accessed only by employees. Instead of Famous Amos cookies or soda pop, packets of buds and various cannabis-infused edibles and juices sit tucked into th ... More >>
Galaxy Gaming, a Nevada-based table-game company, has been approved to do business in Arizona casinos -- despite being banned in California. Dishonesty by Robert Saucier, the CEO of Galaxy Gaming, was cited in a ruling by a California judge last year as the main reason for a gaming-license denial. ... More >>
It might not be hard to believe, but it turns out that a real estate investment company wasn't really producing the 60 percent returns it advertised after the real estate bubble burst.Instead, the Department of Justice alleges Michael Stewart, 66, of Phoenix, and John Packard, 63, of Long Beach, Cal ... More >>
Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker front man David Lowery is royally pissed. Make that royalty pissed for the lack of compensation he's received for the use of his songs on online webcasts, most notably Pandora.' On June 23, 2013, The Trichordist, a website for artists for an ethical and sustainable ... More >>
Online retailer Amazon will no longer be Arizona's duty-free store.Amazon noted in its latest FEC filing that it's going to start collecting Arizona sales tax on purchases in the state, which currently stands at 6.6 percent.
Matinee Energy, the Tucson mystery company with ties to two controversial brothers, has plans to build a large-scale, 120-megawatt solar-power plant in Benson.But even if the firm manages to complete the project, which claims a construction budget "up to the maximum of $444 million," it isn't clear ... More >>
First Solar, the Tempe-based solar-panel manufacturing company, is being targeted by a class-action lawsuit alleging its principals hid negative facts to misled investors.The federal complaint (see below) comes about a week after the company revealed that it was being investigated by the U.S. Securi ... More >>
With the blessing of the Obama administration, Republican congressmen are proud to announce the parts they contributed to the GOP's Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, including Arizona Congressmen Ben Quayle and David Schweikert.Problem is, a Democratic congressman from Connecticut says ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:
If you missed the "Clean Elections" Republican state Attorney General debate last night on Horizon between state schools superintendent Tom Horne and former Maricopa County Attorney Andy Thomas, it was a real cage fight. I'm surprised blood didn't spatter the TV screen. Fortunately, if yo ... More >>
Photo: www.electtomhorne.com Sunday's Arizona Republic story about Tom Horne wasn't the first time the candidate for Attorney General has been asked about a decades-old bankuptcy and government sanction. As Horne reminded us today, Republic reporter Pat Kossan wrote an article in 2002 ... More >>
A Securities and Exchange Commission supervisor handled the finances for a Scottsdale-based flim-flam artist's Ponzi scheme, than received a $25,000 retirement buyout package. Investigators with the Arizona Corporation Commission notified the SEC late last year about its naughty employee after ... More >>
Two former executives of the company that owns Checker Auto Parts -- both local men -- have been charged in a 31-count federal indictment with falsifying reports, lying to an auditor, and other schemes intended to manipulate the company's reported earnings. Former CSK executives Martin G. Fras ... More >>
In documents filed with the Securites and Exchange Commission, Taser claims it negotiated a deal with the Arizona Republic and USA Today for review of Taser articles prior to publication, according to an article by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Journalistic ethics forbid such prior re ... More >>
Turns out much-maligned stun guns are a good thing overall
The wagering scandal enmeshing Wayne Gretzky through his wife and an assistant coach is the least of the Coyotes' problems
Winning ambulance contracts? It's all about who you know. (Unless it's about the dirt they've got on you.)
U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton has a rare opportunity to investigate Sheriff Joke. Will he do it?
Arpaio's ditsy chief flack Lisa Allen MacPherson tells us to take her boss to court, so . . .
Trent Franks is no fiscal conservative. And he's the worst kind of Christian.
Downtown Phoenix has always had its high points, but the Civic Center boondoggle isn't one of them
Aging Rural/Metro firefighters can't afford to retire
Utah Attorney General's office says it can name that fraud in 11 felony charges against former Valley music promoter
The nation's largest newspaper chain buys the state's biggest paper -- but will anyone even notice the difference?
Boiler Room serves up the sons of Gordon Gekko
The news just keeps getting worse for investors in the Baptist Foundation of Arizona
A former employee says Maricopa County is better at covering up than cleaning up its environmental hazards. And that could get the county in trouble for financial fraud--again.
Want a $500 Donna Karen handbag for 60 bucks? A $650 Gucci watch for $4.97? Put on your body armor and head for Last Chance, the nation's only Nordstrom clearance store, where aggression, obsession and shopping addiction are on daily display.
Far-flung government bond fiasco dubbed "Son of Maricopa"
Snell Johnson is a well-known sculptor. Some investors know him best as a con artist.
Prospectus' fine print reveals that if America West decides to sell, Continental is in the pilot's seat
A divorce gets nasty. Documents are stolen. Corporate perks run amok. A top executive abruptly retires. The CEO gets his wings clipped. A blonde commits suicide.
SECURITIES OFFICIALS INVESTIGATING WHETHER COUNTY HID DEBT AND DECEIVED INVESTORS
MARICOPA COUNTY CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE WITH A FINANCIAL CRISIS OF ITS OWN MAKING. WE ALREADY KNOW THAT TOP COUNTY OFFICIALS--NOTABLY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS--LIED TO TAXPAYERS ABOUT THE ENORMITY OF THE PROBLEM. NOW NEW TIMES HAS LEARNED THAT THE COUNTY AL
What the senator knew and when he knew it