Stapley and Wilcox Indicted; Thomas and Arpaio Launch Fresh Attack on Eve of Judge's Ruling on Special Prosecutors
Stapley's been indicted on 27 felony and misdemeanor accounts. You're familiar with these accusations by now: perjury, false swearing, theft. He's been ordered to report for a court hearing on December 21.
Wilcox's indictment charges her with 36 felony counts related to loans she took out from an entity of Chicanos Por La Causa.
Last night, Josh Bernstein of Channel 15 (KNXV-TV), reported that Sheriff's Office investigators focused on $297,000 loans Wilcox allegedly received from an entity of Chicanos Por La Causa, a local charity to which she's also voted to award more than a million dollars in county contracts.
The indictment also charges Wilcox with failing to properly list the loans on financial-disclosure forms.
It looks like Thomas has decided to break the olive branch he extended to the Board of Supervisors back in April, when he tossed the first Stapley case over to Yavapai County. (If you haven't been keeping up, this new indictment represents the third set of accusations made against Stapley in the past 12 months).
Guess which deputy county attorney's name is at the top of the Stapley summons? Yup, Lisa Aubuchon.
Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio plan a 2 p.m. news conference for today.
UPDATE: Click below for the court documents:
|Image: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office|
|Mug shot from Stapley's September 21 arrest.|
This being Maricopa County, the story has an extra twist:
The new indictments come one day before Judge Gary Donahoe, the Superior Court's presiding judge (you know, the judge from the detention-officer-swipes-papers debacle), is to hold a hearing on a lawsuit filed by the County Supervisors last month that reportedly blocks Thomas from using a grand jury to indict them.
Our source tells us that the timing of these new indictments is tied to this hearing to put pressure on Donahoe, who's also named as a co-conspirator in the racketeering lawsuit filed against county leaders last week. This seems like sound reasoning by our source: If Donahoe rules in the county's favor, the sheriff and county attorney will claim that's proof of his wrongdoing.
We'll get back to you after 2.