MCSO Deputy's Damning Memo Fleshes Out SCA Scandal; Joel Fox, David Hendershott Accused of Crimes

 

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​David Hendershott was the main guy behind the SCA political money-laundering scam.

Joel Fox lied to cover for Hendershott, Larry Black, Steve Ellman, and others involved in the scandal.

SCA contributors knew from the beginning that funds collected by the SCA would be used to help Sheriff Joe Arpaio's 2008 re-election campaign, not to bolster the reputation of average deputies.

The above educated guesses were made by New Times over the last couple of years -- and have now been echoed in the damning memo penned by one of the SCA contributors and a high-ranking deputy, Frank Munnell.

The 63-page memo (here's a link), if you haven't read it already, does an outstanding job of fleshing out the scandal and filling in details where before we only had speculation.

We won't outline the entire SCA debacle here (please feel free to read our past articles, including the one linked in the first sentence of this post).

In a nutshell, top sheriff's commanders and a few millionaires seem to have tried a secret end-run around election laws -- but got caught. But don't think Arpaio was in the dark about what was going on in his office..

It all started a few weeks before the 2008 election, when a six-figure donation to the state Republican Party was made without listing the donors' names, as required.

The violation of election rules meant the party had to give the money back -- but first it spent it on sleazy TV ads attacking Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas' opponents, the ads were soon pulled off the air, and Captain Joel Fox (the SCA's frontman) named the donors only after he was threatened with a $315,000 sanction.

State Attorney General Terry Goddard has been looking into the case for possible criminal charges. (Don't hold your breath until he does something.)

Here are a few highlights of Munnell's accusations, as they relate to the SCA players:

 * Captain Joel Fox, SCA frontman, is a problem employee at the Sheriff's Office who gets frequent protection from his buddy, Hendershott.

For instance, Munnell notes that in early 2008, a deputy filed a complaint against another deputy, Tony Navarra, for alleged sexual misconduct with a boy "associated with" the church that both Navarra and Fox attend. Navarra was placed on administrative leave while an investigation took place. But Fox, Navarra's immediate supervisor, "surprisingly" allowed Navarra to retain his take-home vehicle during the leave. Navarra used the car's computer to e-mail with Fox, Munnell wrote.

Navarra is "openly gay," and when investigators reviewed the e-mails to Fox, Munnell stated, they saw messages with phrases like "kisses," "love ya" and "hugs," which suggested a "possible romantic relationship between Navarra and Fox.

The hypothesized relationship seemed to mean job benefits for Navarra, according to Munnell.

Another e-mail from Fox to Navarra suggested that the subordinate had nothing to fear from the misconduct investigation because Navarra was "protected."

Hendershott refused to allow Fox to be directly interviewed by internal affairs investigators, Munnell alleges. (As for Navarra: He was charged with two felonies for misusing his computer. Superior Court records show he pleaded guilty last year to one misdemeanor count of unauthorized access of criminal-history records. He was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation and 30 hours of community service.)

 

* Munnell claims he was asked to contribute to the SCA by Hendershott, who told him to contact Deputy Chief Larry Black for help with the paycheck deduction.

Hendershott described the fund as a political action committee to help Arpaio's re-election bid , Munnell says -- not something that would help street-level deputies, which was the cover story Fox later told to the news media.

As the county election department and the news media scrutinized the SCA donation, Munnell says he knew darned well that Fox was lying to the media and investigators.

 

* In April of last year, Hendershott met with Munnell, prefacing his talk with the phrase, "this conversation never happened."

Munnell says Hendershott proceeded to tell him that investigators might want to talk to him about the SCA and that he shouldn't mention how much money he contributed. Fox would be claiming that he was the only person involved in the SCA affair, Munnell says he was told.

When a criminal investigator with the state Attorney General's office dropped off a card at Munnell's home later that night, Munnell writes that he suddenly understood the context of Hendershott's shady advice.

Ticked off, Munnell says he immediately phoned the AG's office and answered all of their questions truthfully.

A few months later, in July, Hendershott wanted to know what Munnell had told the "AG guys."

When Munnell told him, Hendershott replied that Munnell's testimony to the AG's office would be "stuck up our butt," Munnell's memo states. Hendershott tried to coach Munnell on how to cover for him and Fox, but Munnell would have none of it.

Hendershott's suggestions constituted criminal witness-tampering and obstruction of justice, in Munnell's opinion.

 

* The publication of then-New Times staff writer Sarah Fenske's July 23, 2009 article about the SCA scandal nearly caused a fistfight between Munnell and Larry Black.

On that day, Munnell relates, he was chatting about the article, "which features Joel Fox as a puppet on the cover," with Black and Arpaio's longtime flak, Lisa Allen. Munnell told Black he wasn't happy with the way he and Fox handled the SCA situation.

When Munnell wouldn't apologize for his criticism, Black reportedly told him, "Nice fuckin' job."

At that point, "Black threatened me by stating that he wouldn't put me through a fuckin' wall right now only because we were up in this office," Munnell writes. "Black then challenged me to go downstairs to fight him, adding that I 'was a piece of shit.'"

That's when Arpaio strolled into the office.

"When you asked what was going on," Munnell writes to Arpaio in his memo, "I tried to discuss my donations to the SCA fund with you. You denied that the donations were made to benefit you, made a statement that you had never had a conversation about SCA with me, and promptly left the office."

Sounds like Arpaio took some of Hendershott's coaching to heart, doesn't it?

 

* Munnell asked for and received a refund for the money he had contributed to the SCA.

A few days after the confrontation with Black, Fox sent Munnell a letter with a check for $2,400 enclosed.

Munnell says he called the AG's office to ask whether he could cash it, or if it would be considered evidence for the investigaton. The AG's office told him to cash it -- but send them a copy first.

 

The AG's office is still reviewing the case for possible charges. With Munnell as the probable "star witness" feared by Hendershott, the SCA scandal appears to be ripe for numerous criminal charges.

 


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Joels' Best Fan
Joels' Best Fan

You people make me sick!~ You do not know the true Godly character of Joel at all. He is actually an exceptional human being of high moral character who has a close personal relationship with God aka Jesus Christ. He gives of his time freely to help others from church activities like setting up a working parking/traffic flow for the church services, to helping a single 65yr old woman friend in more ways than she could ever count. Putting up his Christmas lights on her house because it was time she enjoyed Christmas again,doing her taxes, fixing a leaking pool pump, broken sprinklers, cutting up a fallen tree and hauling it all away including the stump, help with Medicare, much more. This man has integrity and respects women. He has been involved in the FiJi project,called Vision Abolition, freeing sex slaves in FiJi, and much more. You accuse him and don't even really have anything concrete to go on. It is all just political crap because many of you hate Arpaio. Of all the people, men I have known in my sixty five years, he is the most honorable, fine man I have ever known. With all the crap he is going through, he still finds time to be there to help others and even holds a Bible study on a week night. No one else thought of her on Thanksgiving, 4th of July, Christmas Eve, but he invited her to his home for all these events, with open arms. By the way, he has been happily married for 19yrs and has three sons who are good kids and they are indeed proud of him. I am proud to call him my BEST friend.

I am not an eloquent writer, but I can say, you don't know the true good person he is. Maybe you hate Christians too, because he is truly a Godly man. A rare breed. But what would any of you know about God? Joel answers to God, and he has nothing to confess, nor is he guilty of any wrongdoing. If it be Gods' will, the truth will come out, and he will be cleared of anything you THINK he may have done wrong. None of you have proof because there is no proof. He is innocent. Did it ever occur to you that you might just be biased, and that you are totally wrong about your opinion of him?

wherewasi
wherewasi

Hey Joel... if that really is YOU, Joel Fox...

FUCK YOU! We the taxpayers of Maricopa County deserve better than your bullshit. My ex was a County Sheriff Deputy and while I can't stand him, at least he was relatively honest in his profession.

You should just go lay down by your dish.

wherewasi
wherewasi

As far as Goddard not pursuing anything with the SCA scandal, just wondering how far that would have gotten before Arpaio, Hendershott, Fox and Black and the rest of the winged monkeys would have started crying "Conflict of Interest! Goddard is under investigation by this department and clearly this is political retaliation against the ever humble and dedicated public servants of the MCSO!"

Wasn't that really interesting that right after Candy Andy resigned as County Attorney to run for AG, he said that Goddard had never personally been the target of an investigation and that Andy wanted to clear that up. And then Shurf Joke immediately countered Candy Andy's statement by saying Goddard indeed was and still is the target of an investigation?

I would bet good money that Arpaio's statement conflicting with his former puppet's statement was meant to keep the "conflict of interest" in effect until Candy Andy became AG (cough, choke, laugh!) and could "review the case and determine that nothing illegal took place and close the file" and that Candy Andy's public statement clearing Goddard had to do with making a subliminal comment about why the SCA file remained on HIS desk at the County Attorney's office, untouched, for so long.

Coz
Coz

So lets see....

Hendershott, Lisa Allen & Frank Munnell are out on medical leave, Black & Fox are out on Admin leave, Arpaio is in New Hamshire pimping for God knows what, so who is running the MCSO corruption circus now ?

Sheridan ? (Another scumbag)

LOL, unbelievable. This just gets better all the time.

Joel
Joel

Tommy,I'm sure you know that no one involved in the investigation can talk about it, but I can assure you, I'm not "banking" on anything. I'm on my own now and always have been...who knows what politics play into a judge's decision? I can try to recover financially from the flagrant violations of my rights perpetrated by the AG, but there's never any certainty in a court...as I have seen first hand several times here lately.

You all jumped all over me at the start of this, and what has happened? Remember the "imminent" indictments back in January? Now you think you have something new? Think again.

For someone as politically astute as you, Tommy, I would think you'd be a bit more realistic, and I would think the point here is more than obvious.

Hock
Hock

I think Munnell's memo is a bright shiny object to distract people from Joe. I'm calling BS on the whole thing. I'm thinking Munnell may be the most loyal person Joe has in his pack.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I think Joel was counting on a payoff from a lawsuit he was planning to file over the SCA debacle. This memo may take some of the steam out of that lawsuit...

Rollem45
Rollem45

So where was Arpaio's PR staff and press release when Navarra was investigated, charged and convicted. The bluehair herd has heard that news that some of Arpaio's finest are misusing county equipment and being convicted. Arpaio kept this hussh hush wouldn't want to ruin the MCSO image of America's Toughest somethin or other

Marcy
Marcy

Joel Fox is a gay blade and hiding in the closet? How interesting.

Isn't that also the case with the Pinal County Sheriff? I wonder if Joel and Paul are really good friends.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

So Joel, you going to come on the NT site and defend yourself like you did in the SCA days? That would be fun! And have your boyfriend beside you to help with the big word!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I guess if I were the state attorney general, running for Governor, I would be issuing some charges, very soon. But, the state A.G. has had plenty of time and opportunity to do so prior. A gelding, I would guess.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

As a concerned citizen, we thank you Mr. Munnell. It confirms what we've all known from reading the outstanding investigative reporting that the New Times has done for all these years. Without the New Times, it is doubtful any of the other media would have covered it. Once it hit national attention the rest of the local media could no longer keep it swept under the rug.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

He just got fired by your hero Joe Arpaio - also a "godly" man.

Fiji - is that where he hides his golden parachute?

So, we can go park at the Mission Community Church at 4450 East Elliot Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234 and talk to Joel while he's directing parking on Sundays. Thanks.

Should be an interesting conversation. Perhaps he could explain the inflation of numbers of human sex trafficking by these folks so they can get more federal funds.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Liz, I really believe you're being snitty here...

You Go Girl...

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Joel, we have agreed to disagree. You've mentioned a lawsuit to me a time or two and have allegedly that you have been unfairly charged and found guilty (or whatever you wish to call it - but you paid a fine). That said, I would NOT wish to be in your shoes, politically astute or not. And yes, I am aware no one involved can talk about the investigation. Other than a press release here and there as a spin factor by your boss, which I foresee in the next day or two as the old goat feels the need to relieve some pressure, if possible.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

In my opinion you are SOOOOOOOOOOOO screwed on this one! The memo nils you n MANY things! And you'll get a new guy friend behind bars, I'll wager!

I got the popcorn ready for the rest of the show You should call it "When the walls come tumbling down", as Joke's little house of cards was just hit by a huge gust of wind!

Coz
Coz

I agree....there is more to this than meets the eye. Munnell is just as corrupt as the rest of them. And playing it off like Bozo Joe knows nothing about any of this, BULLSHIT.

Coz
Coz

Yes, Goddard is totally ball less.

Tina
Tina

It IS odd that no charges have (yet) been filed. The amounts and contributors to the SCA fund was already known before July 2009 when Munnell and others were being queried by the AG's office. Am wondering if it's possible that there's some kind of agreement between the different agencies to consolidate the SCA fund matter with the DOJ's abuse-of-power investigation which no doubt has a compiled record of a quintillion illegalities by MCSO.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Steve Lemons and Hendershott have the same eating disorders

Coz
Coz

Yes, isn't it though...well deserved for all these pricks.

Joel
Joel

...and your opinion would be of any value because....?

Just because you have some perverted fantasy, it doesn't make you an expert in anything, except perverted fantasies.

You've had these opinions before only to find out that the big gust of wind was gaseous flatulence...did you get smart all of a sudden, or is someone else telling you what to say?

Coz
Coz

Hardly, Hendershott is eating shit right about now.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Hey Joel! As the Henderblimp just got told not to email any county employees, will you still keep in ti ouch with him? Even if you say, "no" we also KNOW you lie!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Joel, you might feel like a big man being part of MCSO, but face it, you're no better than a crack whore. You kids must be proud.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Joel, I'm not an egotistical idiot like you. You are now on leave, and your time at MCSO is over (with long term pay, like Leo Drivinghawk, I guess), Franks memo just cracked the shell of the corruption and the idiots on one command staff. Will you turn "state evidence" (and BE A MAN FOR ONCE IN YOUR PITIFUL LIFE), or will you keeping being a little lying weasel?

Your choice. Ask your boyfriend for help, as he nailed the color for your master bedroom!

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