The leader of a Scottsdale religious nonprofit under investigation for selling bogus investments was indicted April 19 on charges of bribing a former Chandler police officer and harassing public officials.
The indictment of Edward Purvis, 38, of Chandler, alleges he bribed Bradley T. Forward into using his position as a Chandler police officer to get materials from the Arizona Corporation Commission, which is looking into whether Purvis committed any securities violations.
Purvis was a principal for Nakami Chi Group Ministries International — also a focus in the investigation.
Forward, 30, is accused in the indictment of using databases that are for official police business only to get criminal history and record information on a lawyer and witnesses involved in the commission’s case.
The commission was investigating whether Purvis and co-principal Gregg L. Wolfe sold unregistered securities.
A second defendant has been charged but the name was redacted because the person hasn’t been served with the indictment, Esquer said.
Forward was charged in a 10-count indictment Dec. 12 that alleged hindering prosecution, computer tampering, unauthorized access to criminal history, and stealing public records in connection with the investigation of Purvis and Wolfe.
Andrea Esquer, spokeswoman for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, said Judge Richard Gama of Maricopa County Superior Court sealed Forward’s criminal case file recently. She said she could not comment further.
Forward, who resigned Dec. 14, also declined to comment Wednesday, and his attorney did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.
Investigators discovered Forward’s involvement on Oct. 4, when they served legal papers and a search warrant at Wolfe’s Chandler home, according to an investigative report and search warrant.
They said they found several confidential documents there pertaining to their investigation.
Purvis’ indictment also alleges he harassed a Superior Court judge, Clerk of Court Michael Jeanes, and two commission officials by filing false liens against them.