Mindy Shields, Daughter of Influential Phoenix Lobbyist, Under Police Investigation for Allegedly Taking Money From Political Fund

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Phoenix police are investigating the alleged embezzlement of more than $75,000 from a campaign fund that belongs to Deputy Attorney General Greg Stanton.
 
The fund, which has no ties to Stanton's post in the Arizona Attorney General's Office, dates back to his days on the Phoenix City Council.

Police sources tell New Times that Mindy Shields, daughter of influential Phoenix lobbyist Billy Shields, is at the center of the investigation.
Mindy Shields served as treasurer for the "Friends of Greg Stanton" campaign account since 2001, according to political finance records filed with the Phoenix city clerk.

That account contains political contributions made to Stanton while he was running for a City Council seat. The unspent money remained in the account, and Stanton made donations from that account periodically to local non-profit organizations.

Hector Diaz, Stanton's attorney, tells New Times that "interested parties took pretty quick action" to address the missing funds and that nearly all the money has been put back into the account.

It's fortunate for Stanton since he is expected to resign from the AG's office in a few days and announce his bid for Phoenix mayor. He was no doubt counting on the money to help him launch his new political campaign.

Because of the ongoing police investigation, Diaz said he would not disclose the identity of the interested parties, how much of the money has been repaid, or the time period during which the money was taken.

Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump says the investigation is being handled by the department's Property Crimes division.

Stanton tells New Times that he became aware of the missing funds on October 12, some time after he asked Shields to make a $500 donation to Aguila, a nonprofit organization for college-bound Latinos. Shields wrote the check, but it bounced and someone from the organization told Stanton.

"I was surprised, shocked," says Stanton, who left the City Council in 2009 after nine years to accept the appointment in the AG's Office. "There should have been plenty of money."

A campaign-finance report that Sheilds filed on February 2, 2009, shows there should have been a balance of $92,770.98 in Stanton's account. Following that report, Shields submitted five others to the City Clerk's Office suggesting there was no account activity through
December 15, 2009.

All the campaign statements are signed by Shields, and with her signature, she certified that under the penalty of perjury, the information she was turning in was "complete, true and correct."

But if a $500 check bounced in October, that must mean the account already was drained by February 2, 2009.

Stanton says he went to the bank, confirmed that money was missing, and then went to the police. Stanton said he also has hired an accountant to make sure all the money is accounted for.

Going to the police was a painful decision, Stanton says, because the person tied to the "significant loss of funds" is someone he has known and worked with for many years.

Diaz says, "People should expect ... leaders to do the right thing, especially under difficult circumstances."

Shields could not be reached for comment.

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Winters10
Winters10

She sure did serve as treasurer. She helped herself. Hope she goes to jail. Come on New Times let's let it ALL out. We all know Sheilds is corrupt.

Tell the Truth
Tell the Truth

@ We will never forget -- Do you think that simply writing something makes it true? You must, because if you don't then you are just a liar.

Not only did Billy Shields NOT allow privitization of ambulance service, he was insturmental in getting a charter amendment passed in 2000 that prohibits privitization without a public vote. The charter amendment passed with overwhelming support from the public.

But you already know that, don't you? Spew your lies someplace else.

We will never forget.
We will never forget.

Why is anyone surprised that Mindy would steal money from her dad's "good friend" and the godfather of her youngest child?

Disloyalty for monetary gain runs in the family. Let's not forget that Billy sold out his union brothers while he was the president of the firefighter's union so he could benefit from the privatization of ambo contracts for Pat Cantelme and Bob Ramsey.

We will never forget.

Pnash
Pnash

Would like to know who the interested parties are re-paying the money. I believe it is public record.....

mildcats
mildcats

Yes. Many of us dont like to admit it b/c we have an over-inflated sense of self, but most jobs that arent techincal in nature really just require good interpersonal and organizational skills. Organizational skills like knowing there is a link to her bio in the story. How are your org skills Aheho D?

No UofA Fan
No UofA Fan

Makes you wonder what kind of political favors her daddy's going to have to call in so she can keep her $68K/year job as Director of Community Relations at the University of Arizona.

Koosh job for someone who's never seen the inside of any university...not even UofA.

Yotes4ever
Yotes4ever

College degrees are over rated and mysterious only to those who don't have them. You?

Aheho D
Aheho D

What d it make what 'favors her daddy's going to have to call in'? Funny how on all of these blogs the salary keeps going up...weird...And as far as seeing the inside of any university goes, how is it that you know this? Plus, isn't a job requirement usually based on education, OR equivalent experience? Actually, how is it that you know so much about Ms. Shields? Must be a jealous 3rd party who wants to be involved in a situation in which your daddy likes you...I'm guessing maybe not? Just wonder how you're connected to the situation since you seem to be so knowledgable about these folks...? Hmmm.....

anotherFireGuy
anotherFireGuy

and what are Shields' ties to Pat Cantelme and Bob Ramsey - PMT ambulance - and the current Federal court cases going on involving them?

Jamie_15
Jamie_15

Wow...I knew the NT isn't always the most reliable source for news, but who knew its' readers were so trashy?! Makes the articles in their paper look clean. Well done New Times readers for representing this mag so well!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Jamie, it's a blog. Those of us who post here are NOT representing the New Times. Just ourselves and our opinions. Get past that and off your high horse. I don't like some of the smut comments either, but I just consider the source, not indict the news machine by osmosis. Verbally smack the source of the comments, not the source of the story.

Anon
Anon

Tommy, Well said.

Matt P
Matt P

This is clearly a smear campaign, too bad she's scapegoat here.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Scapegoat for who? Do you know something that hasn't been reported, Matt?

Bothered...
Bothered...

Why do people have to be so crude on here! Geez, as a female I am disgusted!

guest
guest

why are you disgusted? doesn't anybody want to do you?

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

When are the Arizona women going to wake up and realize they can be discarded like used garbage. People seem to love to destroy women in AZ. The better they look, the more vulnerable they are to attack. Where's the presumption of innocence? Oh, that's right -- people's rights don't matter in AZ.

botanybay
botanybay

Would you rather people talk about her on TheDirty instead?

She's the treasurer. The money is gone. Who you gonna call?

Mehaot
Mehaot

Ghostbusters dumb dumb...

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I noticed she has apparently flawless teeth.

Innocent until....nevermind
Innocent until....nevermind

"Daughter of an influential lobbyist"

And all this time I thought she got her $55k/yr PR job at UofA because of her tits.

david saint
david saint

lol, can i call her for a comment? whats her number again? jk

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Sounds like a short-term low interest loan to me. I wonder who's been paying the money back. Anyone care to wager a parent just might be involved?

botanybay
botanybay

Looks like she's left holding the bag. Or perhaps a closet-full of expensive handbags?

Stacy
Stacy

Wow, this Mayoral race mudslinging might just be better than the Gubernatorial race. I was about to change the channel.

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