A Scottsdale man pleaded guilty Tuesday to harassing public officials and bribing a police officer, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard announced.
Gregg L. Wolfe, 46, a principal of the Chandler nonprofit Nakami Chi Group Ministries International, was indicted in May on charges of bribing Chandler police officer Bradley Forward for a file regarding an investigation into the nonprofit. He was also charged with filing baseless liens against a Maricopa County Superior Court judge, a public official and public employees involved in a securities law investigation.
Edward Purvis, 38, of Chandler was also indicted in the case and is scheduled to go to trial in February.
Authorities alleged in search warrants that Purvis and Wolfe ran a fraud scheme and used investors’ money for their personal gain. Wolfe admitted that neither he nor Purvis were licensed by the Arizona Corporation Commission to sell securities and that the investments they sold were not registered as securities. Investors’ money was hidden in offshore corporations, Goddard said.
Forward was indicted in January on charges of hindering prosecution, destroying public records, computer tampering and unauthorized release of criminal history.