CLAIM: Arizona’s Democrat governor, Katie Hobbs, accused of taking bribes from Mexican cartel through complex real estate scheme
By JD Heyes // Mar 01, 2023

A law firm based in California has alleged, without yet offering conclusive evidence, that Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs, Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, Runbeck Election Services, and several other election officials, judges, mayors, city councilmen, and county supervisors in the state received bribes from the Sinaloa cartel.

During a hearing before the Senate Elections and Municipal Oversight & Elections Joint Committee last week, Jacqueline Breger, the lead investigator for the Harris/Thaler Law Corporation, presented their claims. She described how an inquiry into money laundering in the Midwest uncovered allegations of corruption in Arizona, The Post Millennial is reporting.

"In 2006, the U.S. Attorney's Offices in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa investigated the laundering of drug cartel monies through a complex series of single-family home purchases in those states," Breger told the committee.

"By 2009, numerous real estate agents, escrow companies and title insurers had been indicted, charged and convicted of racketeering. In 2014, our office was asked to review the case files and to determine whether monies from the sales of the properties had filtered to property purchases in Arizona, specifically in Maricopa and Pima County," Breger continued, per the report.

The Sinaloa Cartel is a powerful and violent Mexican drug trafficking organization based in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. Led by notorious drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán until his capture in 2016, the cartel has developed into one of the most powerful drug trafficking cartels in the world. The cartel is involved in a variety of illegal activities, including drug smuggling, money laundering, and assassinations, and has been linked to numerous violent crimes across Mexico and the United States. As the cartel continues to expand its operations, it has become a major threat to global security.

According to the investigator, it was discovered that a group of real estate agents in Iowa had established a money laundering system in Arizona and subsequently transferred the sales proceeds to Panamanian corporations.

"In 2018, Mr. Thaler discovered, incidental to another matter, a series of trust deeds evidencing that cash laundering through single family residences in Arizona was pervasive and ongoing," Breger noted further. "With that, a new investigation began with the focus being on money laundering and related racketeering activities in Maricopa County and several other Arizona counties. The Harris/Thaler office currently represents several parties directly damaged by the racketeering activities."

In a report spanning almost 100 pages, the Post Millennial continued, Breger delved into the entire inquiry, identifying Dawna Rae Chavez, a Mesa resident, and her daughter, Brittany Rae Chavez, as the "main individuals responsible for preparing the documents required to carry out the racketeering enterprises."

"To date, more than 10,000 falsified documents have been recorded with the Maricopa County Recorder. We estimate that more than 35,000 warranty deeds/trust deeds evidencing fraudulent transactions exist in the database. 11. The number of falsified notarizations exceeds 15,000.  12. Dawna and Brittany's participation in racketeering activities also includes facilitation of bribes to public officials, tax evasion, payroll theft, bankruptcy fraud, insurance fraud, and extortion," Breger said.

The investigators claimed that the funds from fraudulent home deeds in Midwestern states were routed back to Arizona and given to politicians and election officials. Breger alleged that the election fraud had been taking place since 2004.

Convincing, supporting evidence that would serve as a "smoking gun" in all this has yet to be publicly revealed.

In a Friday interview with Lindell TV host Brannon Howse, Thaler provided additional details as to how the cartel bribes impacted elections in the state of Arizona.

"So are you saying that the cartels are using their billions of dollars to buy elected officials to keep the border open, to keep their businesses going in the United States?," the host asked.

"That would be precisely what I'm saying," Thaler responded. "The election fraud comes in [to this] in several different ways. When you have elected and appointed officials who have these kinds of racketeering documents, one of the things we look for at that point is where is this coming in?"

In Arizona, he went on, "the bribe problem is not so much about somebody bringing in a suitcase full of cash. Most of the officials who we have found who have accepted bribes, accepted them very early on. Usually at the start of their career, and oftentimes take the initial position or run for the initial office. So they are bribed, in essence, to become officials, not once they have become officials. And that creates a big problem."

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