The Arizona House of Representatives voted down a measure which would have significantly reformed how civil asset forfeiture is legally handled in the state of Arizona. Just three years ago, reforms were made to the criminal justice system which would have been bolstered by this new bill. However, given its passage in the Arizona Senate and defeat in the Arizona House of Representatives, proponents will have to wait until the next session to get it heard and passed. It is unknown if the bill’s sponsors and supporters plan to re-introduce it at the next appropriate and available opportunity.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona unsealed three criminal complaints charging multiple individuals with health care fraud associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first complaint charges Jeremiah Faber, 45, of Gold Canyon with one count of health care fraud and one count of money laundering. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.
Richard Rodriguez, the co-owner of Miami Iron Addicts Gym, was arrested on February 22 for allegedly running an international steroid distribution ring. DEA agents raided the gym and brought him out in handcuffs on Wednesday morning. It is unclear if he has acquired a defense attorney.
A witness told the press that gym members were reportedly herded against a wall as agents knocked down walls in the gym’s upstairs office, where the illegal distribution business was allegedly run, and seized exercise equipment.