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Miranda pleads guilty to wire fraud

A former member of the Arizona Legislature accused of defrauding a nonprofit he once ran has pleaded guilty in federal court to wire fraud and attempted tax evasion charges.

Former Democratic Rep. Richard Miranda of Tolleson admitted Wednesday to selling a building that belonged to the nonprofit Centro Adelante Campesino without authorization from the group's board for $250,000 and keeping $144,000 in profits for his personal use.

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Lawsuit filed against Cortes; claims she’s a ‘fraudulent” candidate (access required)

An East Valley resident today accused Republican Olivia Cortes of being part of a “cynical ploy” to dilute the vote against Senate President Russell Pearce, who is facing a Nov. 8 recall election. In her complaint filed in Maricopa County Superior Court, Mary Lou Boettcher alleges that Cortes is a Pearce supporter and called her a “fraudulent and diversionary candidate.”

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Waking up from an investment fraud nightmare

The financial crisis has not only battered home values and investment portfolios, it has exposed major investment frauds. Many of those schemes unraveled as the cash needed to keep the perpetrators afloat dried up and investors began demanding their money. Here’s one story about how attorneys in private practice and working at public agencies have successfully recovered investors’ losses.

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Mills may be losing momentum (access required)

Revelations that Mills had defrauded business partner in Florida and conflicting messages from his campaign that muddied his position on Arizona’s employer sanctions law have set the stage for attacks against him in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

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