PHOENIX (AP) – A former Phoenix politician who was sentenced to six years in prison for running an illegal adoption program with women from the Marshall Islands was ordered to serve another five years behind bars for serving Arizona’s Medicaid system had cheated in order to reach the taxpayer -funded health insurance for the birth mothers.
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Paul Petersen, a Republican who was the Maricopa County’s elected appraiser for six years and worked as an adoption attorney, received the second of three sentences on Friday.
His five-year sentence in Arizona is due to be served after he completes his six-year federal sentence in Arkansas. Petersen is due to receive his third set on Monday in Utah.
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Petersen’s lawyers have advocated that his sentences should expire at the same time.
Several victims testified via videoconference during the sentencing. Petersen’s ex-wife Raquel also testified on his behalf.
Petersen made an emotional statement prior to being sentenced, saying the victim’s statements affected him.
Petersen asked the Attorney General’s office to show forbearance and mercy to his co-defendant Lynwood Jennet, saying that she only did what he asked her to do.