Joe Arpaio's Pal Paul Babeu Sends Bill To Maricopa County on Munnell Memo Investigation

henderblimp.jpg
$46K sounds like a steal if Hendy's fired. If not, someone has some 'splainin' to do

So we don't yet have Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's report on his department's investigation into allegations contained in the now infamous Munnell memo, but we do have a bill for services rendered.

It totals just over $46K, but the services rendered were not rendered by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, but by Investigative Research, Inc., a Phoenix-based private eye firm.

Seems Babeu, who took on the inquiry at the request of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, farmed out a lot of the work. Babeu sent three invoices from the company to Maricopa County, but county spokeswoman Cari Gerchick tells me that the county will not pay Investigative Research directly.

Rather, the county has okayed an intergovernmental agreement with Pinal County, and once Pinal signs off on it, Maricopa will pay Pinal, and Pinal will pay the P.I.'s bill.

Gerchick also told me the cost of the investigation will be paid from the county's general fund. that is, not directly from Arpaio's budget for the MCSO.

Did the PCSO do any work on its own? If so, they may be billing more than what IR's asking for.

You can read the invoices for yourself, here, here, and, here. Most of the players mentioned in the Munnell memo are name-checked. Investigators interviewed everyone from Deputy Chief  Frank Munnell himself to MCSO's chief of business operations Loretta Barkell, and Arpaio's top flack Lisa Allen.

And of course, those accused of wrongdoing and corruption by Munnell are questioned at length, including Captain Joel Fox, MCSO director Larry Black, and everyone's favorite county villain, Chief Deputy David Hendershott.

Indeed, Hendershott's interviewed four times, according to the bills, for a total of more than 30 hours.

One person not interviewed was Sheriff Joe himself, which seems to indicate that investigators were not going all the way to the top. Anyone out there smell a whitewash?

In any case, since we the taxpayers have been footing the bill for Herndershott, Black and Fox to kick it on paid administrative leave for several months now, and since we'll be paying for the PCSO's report, which could be out tomorrow for all we know, we deserve to get copies of ALL of the interviews and documents involved.

We'll see if Babeu's willing to cough up the docs. If this $46K leads to recommendations that Black, Fox and Hendershott be fired, it's $46K well spent. If not, someone has some 'splainin' to do. And that someone rocks a chrome dome and a French surname.


Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
14 comments
ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Don't ya miss Fox posting his comments on this blog. Now that Babaeu has ruined any possible prosecution by the FBI or another LEO with his "administrative investigation" (can say you "Garrity Rule" which prohibits any statements made in an administrative investigative from being used in a prosecution), Box and Flack can go about their lives living large with the taxpayers monies on their "paid administrative leave" for the next 20 years!

What part of corruption don't you understand!

XSoldier
XSoldier

$46,000 is a steal to see Hendy, Fox and Black do the perp-walk.

Coz
Coz

Make Bozo Joe pay the bill, after all, it's Bozo Joe's malfeasance & corruption that stated all this by allowing Fat Boy Hendershott to get out of control.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I have to wonder why these expenses would be paid from the general fund, instead of from the MCSO budget. MCSO made the decision to send the investigation to PCSO. Apparently PCSO made the decision to have the investigation conducted by the private firm. I will only surmise that because of the debacle from the Legendary Louie Vekal Valley Babeu might have learned that someone at PCSO doesn't know how to conduct an internal investigation.

Interesting information contained in the billings. Thanks for sharing, Mr. Lemons.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Do you think that the time spent (and money for tickets) at the Phoenix International Raceway would have found the IRI Investigators sitting next to Fox and Black?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

This was an internal affairs investigation. As such it should focus on MCSO policy and procedures. Of course MCSO policy is to follow the law in all cases except for speeding en route to a code 3, etc.

My gut feel is that the investigation was light on time spent. I may be wrong if it were scoped light.

I also will note that the three invoices attached cover only time until the end of the year. Is there a January 2011 invoice still in the mail that we don't have access to yet? The final Hendershott interview was 12-29-2010. There is at least one other invoice coming. I guess what I would enjoy knowing now is how much input and how much time for input did PCSO have after they got the goods from this private agency. Was this agency charges with making recommendations or just reporting facts? How much time did PCSO spend on this in Jan and Feb?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

When I read the complaints against Aubuchon and Thomas, it seems clear and pretty well confirmed that it was Arpaio himself that initially started the ball rolling toward charging Donahoe with crimes that did not exist. Withe a reasonable electorate, that alone should precipitate an electoral lynching. That the chief lawman of the county would start the ball rolling on the most grievous of the corrupt events is inexcusable.

Is there any knowledge about the scope of the investigation that Babeu was asked to do? Did the scope include our increasingly irrelevant Sheriff?

Coz
Coz

For 46 grand, the report better be good and not a lot of bullshit.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Honestly, no. I don't miss Mr. Fox posting here. He is so ensconced in the bubble of MCSO that he lost any contact with reality long ago. He comes across sometimes as actually believing what is coming out of his mouth. Sad, but true, in my opinion.

Technically, XS, the Garrity Rule only is an advisement to the subject of an investigation that any inculpatory statements made during the INTERNAL interview cannot be used as evidence in a criminal investigation. That doesn't mean that a separate criminal investigation can't occur and that the subject of the criminal investigation can't make the same or similar inculpatory statements during said investigation, in which case such statements COULD be used against him/her if Miranda advisement were in effect prior to the said statement(s).

Just because a person is given Garrity during an internal does not mean they cannot be subjected to a criminal investigation.

Please keep in mind that in internal investigation only looks for policy or procedural violations that may result in disciplinary action, leading up to termination of employment.

In the Munnell memo the MCSO shurf only asked for an administrative investigation. NOT a criminal investigation. Thus, it may appear that the MCSO shurf is trying to protect himself from being part of a criminal episode by not being investigated. The Munnell memo clearly was penned to protect the MCSO shurf and to throw the very large torso of Hendershott under the bus, knowing Hendershott was planning to retire for medical reasons anyway, along with imaginary proceeds from having sued Maricopa County (his employer) for making him both obese and ill.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

The billing indicated it was for surveillance. Sitting next to them might not have been a good idea...

Coz
Coz

Probably, shooting the shit about the good old days when nobody cared about corruption and they could get away with it more than they are now.

XSoldier
XSoldier

That doesn't mean that the investigation into Hendy, Fox, and Black won't turn criminal and that the MCSO shurf isn't protected from liability. The MCSO is the Old Balloon Head's agency, so he is responsible in some way, shape or form for it...

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Seems like an odd place to do survelliance - loud motors would drown out any conversation they might be having in the stands or with 100 yards of the facility while the race was going on. Plus, I'm guessing Fox and Black were in the infield, not in the stands. Hopefully they had a lip reader with them to read their lips.

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...