Billy Shields Says His Family's "Stunned and Saddened;" Police Investigating Embezzlement Allegations Against His Daughter

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Billy Shields and his daughter, Mindy.
UPDATE: Billy Shields tells New Times that he's "stunned and saddened" as Phoenix police investigate allegations that his daughter, Mindy, embezzled money from a campaign account belonging to Greg Stanton.

New Times posted the story earlier today about more than $75,000 reportedly taken from Stanton, a deputy attorney general and former councilman.

Shields says his family's trying to cope with the situation.

Shields, a well-known lobbyist and influential figure in Valley politics, tells New Times:
"I love my daughter with all my heart, and Greg is a good friend. While stunned and saddened, our family is trying to deal with this with love and understanding. While we can be helpful to her financially and emotionally, this is something my daughter will have to work through."

"We understand and respect the job the authorities have to do," he adds. "And we would ask that our friends and other families out there pray for our family."

Shields says he's been getting media calls regarding the story.

"Please ... make it clear that I will not be commenting further to any other media outlets," he says.

Phoenix police also are mum about the case.

Sergeant Trent Crump, a spokesman for Phoenix police, confirmed that officers are "currently investigating an alleged embezzlement," but said that they will not be giving interviews because the case is ongoing.
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Seeitnow
Seeitnow

Shields isn't saddened nor stunned what his high maintenance daughter has done. He is laughing all the way to the bank. Shields gets out of every scam he has been in and that includes his daughter. Picture Mindy in Sheriff Joe's tent city. What a hoot that she will be able to wear pink underwear and won't have to buy it at Nordstrom's.

Go4It
Go4It

Old Billy boy is not stunned what his daughter does. All he does is pay back what she embezzles. Nice to have a daddy like that. Mindy needs more than a slap on the wrist. She needs to go to jail. Do not past go and do not collect.

Are you serious
Are you serious

@567Yocum-That is quite an accusation to make against someone that you probably don't even know. Maybe you need to be investigated...guilty concious???

InYoFace
InYoFace

567Yocum-

Sounds like you're a bit sour. Maybe you're a lobbyist yourself that just can't seem to produce enough business. Don't hate just because you're not successful at what you do.....jealous maybe?

567Yocum
567Yocum

Billy Shields himself needs to be FULLY investigated. Who would want a lobbyist of that caliber? He took part of the money I'm sure.

Yotes4ever
Yotes4ever

You're a moron. Read the friggin story and spit out the sour grapes.

123
123

Looks like the ride on Daddy's coat tails is over. Just another spoiled brat making her way on her Daddy's work. Good riddance.

Ms Info
Ms Info

Yet another reason to stop letting the same small group of people, their friends and families run things in this state. Even if they don't start out that way, they develop a sense of entitlement that inevitably leads to corruption.

Ross
Ross

Odd that the New Times doesn't connect the dots between the firefighters union, and Billy Shields, and how you win a city election in Phoenix.

Bothered...
Bothered...

@ botanybay. Are you a personal friend of the family? Nevermind...looks like you're trying to get daddy's attention too.

botanybay
botanybay

Looks like Mindy finally got daddy's attention.

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

Billy Shields, as in the lead singer of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band? The 'One and only'?

anon
anon

It's good to see the word "alleged" by the PD. Usually it's missing in the stories given to the media by most PD's. "Guilty by media" is the outcome they are usually after.

botanybay
botanybay

Thanks Min, we'll keep that under consideration.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Most police agencies wouldn't bother with a press release of any kind if the media didn't demand it. Most police agencies simply state that, "Person X is suspected of being involved in the commission of a crime, etc". Or, that a crime of some sort has been reported and Person X is suspected. Having someone 'tried' in the media does no good if the charges are dismissed prior to trial or the suspected person is found not guilty at trial. Your generalization about police agencies is moot, anon. But that's why you post anonymously, eh?

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