Joe Arpaio and Pals Misspent $99.5 Million of Your Money -- But at Least Valley Pei Weis Are Illegal-Immigrant Free, Right?

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For the last eight years, Joe Arpaio apparently thought he could spend taxpayer money designated for jails on whatever fascist pet projects he wanted.
As Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio crows this morning about how his agency busted a total of six illegal immigrants for using fake IDs so they could work at a Mesa dry cleaner, county budget officials unveiled the results of a six-month investigation into how his office is misspending your money.

If you pay taxes in Maricopa County, it's not pretty.

Arpaio and his cronies misspent $99.5 million over the last eight years, the majority of which came from the sheriff's detention fund, the investigation found.

"For eight years, you have been signing paperwork that says your budget is balanced, but it's not," County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox told sheriff's officials at this morning's meeting of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

Budget officers reviewed payroll records for 5,700 sheriff's employee salaries from February 2004 to February 2011 and found that much of what employees were actually doing was not what they were getting paid to do.

"We made a mistake," Chief Jerry Sheridan told the board this morning.

Sure did -- about $100 million worth.

The investigation into the sheriff's spending habits started about six months ago when budget officials and members of the Board of Supervisors -- with whom Arpaio doesn't exactly have the rosiest relationship -- suspected America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff" of using money designated to fund detention facilities to pay for some of Arpaio's pet projects, such as rounding up illegal immigrants working at places like the Burlington Coat Factory and Pei Wei restaurants, or tailing county supervisors and judges as part of his public-corruption stings.

Those pricey investigations of judges and county supervisors (a.k.a. those who oppose Arpaio politically) netted a total of zero convictions -- so not only was taxpayer money misspent, it was misspent poorly.

The Sheriff's Office wouldn't put us in touch with Arpaio this morning, but says the MCSO is in the process of writing up an official statement that it will send us later today.

Stay tuned...

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Pat Kitte
Pat Kitte

No one ever ever ever honestly explains how we can sustain endlessly massive human population growth.

Smart-ass replies are the only response.

Therefore, don't be surprised if most Americans support SERIOUS immigration enforcement. If (as you open-borders enthusiasts seem to be saying) Joe Arpaio isn't serious, then we need someone more serious than he is.

Thanks for calling our attention to Sheriff Joe's lack of immigration enforcement. Frankly, we're surprised to hear that.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

What I would like to see is all the press relations officers the Shurf has used have their statements to the press compared with the truth in a side by side table. WIth all the lies they have spewed over the years, they're unlikely to get a real job in the future.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I made the mistake of going to the MCSO site to read the latest garbage spewing forth from the media team. Uggggggg......

Like a five mile long train, moving at 100 feet per hour... it just chugs along, going nowhere fast...

The MCSO sheriff is truly mentally ill.

I would venture to say the shurf can't even say some of the words in the releases... much less write them...

Foxx
Foxx

thieves, lock them all up with the prisoners.

they should get double the sentence, since they are suppose to UPhold the law.

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Gerry_C
Gerry_C

If my wife gave me $100 M to spend on groceries and home decorating and I spent it on power tools and golf clubs, I think she might be pretty furious. She would also be pissed and call me a pussy if I decided to send my son in to defend my misspending when she called me on the carpet for it. But honey, I had to mow the lawn. So I sent Jeremy to address this with you.

Over my shoulder, she just told me that if she had $100 M to spend, she would just give me half and leave. Maybe not the best example. :-)

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

The statement is out on mcso.org. What a puke of a statement. Joe was busy during the hearing and could not be there. Mistakes were made because of the payroll system and the county payroll could not keep up with fast growing and moving Sheriff department. There is absolutely no blame at the top on this one. Real tough Joe. Part of being tough is being accountable and responsible for your entire organization, not just what Lisa Allen defines as the earmarks of a tough Sheriff.

When I think of people that are tough, the typical Arpaio bullying methods don't define them. I think of tough character traits like integrity, responsibility, accountability, perseverance and meeting problems head on with intelligence and focus. Pink underwear does not really come to mind when I think of tough men and women in history. Nor does lousy food. The tough ones in history did something besides talk and hide.

And finally, old saggy scrotum can't understand why there would remain any lingering bitterness over the MACE actions. He has put all his bitterness behind him, why can't everybody else.

Pat Kitte
Pat Kitte

Assuming we shouldn't let the BILLIONS of people who would like to move here do so, WHAT would you do to prevent that?

Please don't say (some variation on) "We can make everyone on Earth happy enough to stay put!!"

That is not an honest response.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Wait a SECOND here!

I don't get it!! There was a public meeting and a news conference AND JOE WASN'T THERE!!

What the fuck? What happened to the little wuss? Why did he send kiss-ass Sheridan in his stead? Sheridan doesn't LOVE being on camera the way our Royal High Ass Arpaio does! Where was Joe? Sheridan says it was just "a mistake". LOL. Jerry, you better check out your boss' appearance on Channel 3 News at 5:00! LOL! You must be a LOSER because you work for a BIGGER LOSER! Joe confessed on 3TV... You really need to keep the senile old coot away from the camera, and you need to pay Brock to teach Mrs. A how to sneak weenie beenies into jail for Joe. I digress... where was Joe????

Oh, he was rounding up a few Mezzican women. Oh, I get it. That is SO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT than accounting for ALMOST ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS.

Arpaio: Let me send my flunky to talk about the hundred million I stole. I've got far more important things to worry about - 6 Mezzican females. Yeah. That's what I'll tell 'em. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

Flunky...err...ah ... Sheridan: This is complex. (Joe doesn't get it.) It was just a mistake (Hendershott hasn't signed the agreement to be thrown under the bus yet).

To All Y'All Redneck Republican Conservatives:

Arpaio stole $100 million from the taxpayers and voters. (Chop)

Baboon released a 1022 page report on Blimpie, Fuzzy and Wuzzy which will likely result in their terminations. (Chop)

Candy Andy and Lovely Lisa face disbarment hearings, tomorrow, I believe. (Chop)

Chop..........Chop..........Chop..........

TIMMMMMMMMMMMM.......BBBBBEERRRRRRRRRRR!

Look Out Below!!!!!!!

billstewart2...
billstewart2...

What part of "embezzlement is illegal" don't they understand?

Sheriff Joe's Personal 401K
Sheriff Joe's Personal 401K

$ 99,500,000.00.

How Nice.

Sheriff Jose for years has vomited up a volume of lies on how he "saves" taxpayer money with his fucking tents and feeding garbage to human beings, many of whom are still pending trial, and denying proper medical care to people who may not survive without it.

Arpaio has a placecard all ready for him at Satan's dining table in Hell, where he'll sit between Vladimir Lenin and Adolf Hitler, eating human flesh and chatting about "the good old days".

And yet this absurd little pile of fecal matter has been in charge for nearly two decades. Further proof of the dumbing down of the human race is no longer necessary. You want him, you love him, you elect him -SO PAY FOR HIM, YOU ASSHOLES.

I will never forget the Sunday afternoon a few years back, when Arpaio was at the MetroCenter for a public book signing of the mendacity filled, self promoting piece of trash, entitled "Joe's Law".In the mall's parking lot on its southwest side sat every piece of equipment owned by the MCSO, and paid for with your tax monies. This remarkable display of political narcissism by your stupid sheriff included the following... The MCSO's 35 foot mobile "Command Center"; a dozen Ford Crown Victorias; two vans; two sport-utility vehicles; two off-road vehicles; four horse mounted units; MCSO's helicopter; a search & rescue unit; at least two dozen uniformed deputies ( on duty with pay ? ); and, of course, the best of all, THE OFFICIAL SHERIFF JOE ARMY SURPLUS TANK... Yes, the fucking idiot brought his stupid tank along .this was not some terrorist attack on the mall, not even a "crime suppression sweep", to scoop up all those pesky Mexicans who might be busy working at the mall - NO - this was for Arpaio's book signing.

Still think Sheriff Jose is so fucking great ?

XSoldier
XSoldier

"BTW, I am not a resident of Maricopa County, and repayment of this needs to come from Maricopa County residents, not the entire state. The rest of us never had an opportunity to vote in the selection of who would serve as Sheriff of Maricopa County."

First, you are lucky you don't live here. Second, those of us who do live here in Nazicopa County will be repaying the money, and it will take years. Third, Nazicopa County residents never had an opportunity to vote in the selection of who would serve as Nazicopa County Shurf. Joe goes after the useless illegals and that's what keeps getting him elected.

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XSoldier
XSoldier

Why am I not surprised by the outcome of this whole escapade?

Joe & Co. have been misspending money for years. I determined that if the Old Geezer had misspent the jail-enhancement money throughout his career as county shurf, it totals approximately $248.75 million. I have also calculated that the Sick Old Man has cost Maricopa County taxpayers at least $1 billion or more. Further, I have determined that if every taxpayer in the county were to get money back, it would be about $25,000. Maybe more.

Los Angeles Observer
Los Angeles Observer

As a Los Angeles resident, born and raised, who has been paying careful attention to this Arpaio issue for years, allow me to say:

1. This development is primarily due to the excellent and brave efforts of PNT, with special nods to Lacey, Larkin and Lemons. They deserve the kudos and praise they've been getting from esteemed quarters.

2. The Board of Supervisors is getting what they deserve. And it's some righteous come-uppance!

ONLY when the prosecutorial rebuke and vindictiveness of Arpaio hit these board members individually did they even deign to acknowledge a problem which has been more than obvious for years. In fact, I tend to believe, albeit from afar, that next to that voting block of cowering, sniveling retirees who relocate to Maricopa from colder climes of the U.S., the Board is most responsible for allowing such an abhorrent circumstance as Arpaio, his thugs and activities.

Congrats, Phoenix New Times. Well done. It's a good day for you guys.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

["We made a mistake," Chief Jerry Sherridan told the board this morning."]

That statement is dangerously close to admitting wrong, which I've NEVER heard in the six years I've lived in Maricopa County, from ANY employee or representative of MCSO.

What he meant was, "We've never allowed an audit and it was A MISTAKE to let this one happen".

Pat Kittle
Pat Kittle

Literally BILLIONS of people would like to immigrate, which they are doing in ever increasing numbers.

Does "sustainability" mean ANYTHING to you? (Hint: Name-calling doesn't answer the question.)

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

So, instead of spending the money where it was appropriated to go (taking care of innocent people waiting for trial and other jail detainees) it was spent hyping the hate up in the public at large for all people brown ("APB"). So that 44 million in payouts to the victims of Joe's Arpaio's ego would have been saved had Joe not misspent 99 million? That's adding insult to injury - literally.

XSoldier
XSoldier

He doesn't write them Tommy. Remember that the old fool is suffering from Alzheimers'...... Maybe Henderblimp wrote for him.........

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

That would explain why you keep the checking balance under $1,000 at all times, eh Gerry? We gents have to keep our ladies in line...

XSoldier
XSoldier

Baboon released a 1022 page report on Blimpie, Fuzzy and Wuzzy which will likely result in their terminations. (Chop)

Buffoon and the Flaccid Fool won't even make it public. I'm itching to know what the PI found and what Buffoon listed in his 3-page fact findings............ (Chop)

XSoldier says: This is the end beautiful friend/This is the end my only friend the end/of our elaborate plans the end/of everything that stands the end/no safety nor surprise the end/I'll never look into your eyes....again.

Can you picture/what will be/so limitless and free/desperately in need/of some/stranger's hand/in a desperate land......

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

But Arpaio puts inmates in pink underwear and makes them eat junk and live in tents. And most importantly, he rounds up Mexicans. So all is forgiven, right?

p.s. He is also the toughest Sheriff in America.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Liz, he sent Sheridan to the meeting to take the heat and say MCSO made a 'mistake'. Meanwhile, Mentally Ill Old Joe was out directly yet another round up of dry cleaners, landscapers, burger flippers or candle makers. Six total today in yet another of his media events intended to distract from other events, such as misusing, intentionally with a second set of books, almost $100 MILLION dollars.

I will be listening closely for the falling of the forest...

One tree into another into another, like dominoes they will fall.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Hold on now! Stop bashing the tank. That piece of surplus equipment has been more valuable than many other pieces of equipment and even more valuable that some (a select some) of the personnel at MCSO. In fact, the tank just recently was used in a highly visible operation in which MCSO, at tremendous risk, used the tank to bust a hole in a boundary fence at the perimeter of the operational space. I believe that they even called in a Louisiana lawman that has tremendous experience in breaking up this sort of criminal enterprise known as a cock ring. All in all it was a good day for MCSO. Nobody got hurt and more than a total of 100 cocks and one sleeping man were taking into custody. Were it not for Joe's wisdom and vision several years ago in buying the tank, this operation might have turned out quite differently. For example, they might have used the gate in the fence and given up the element of surprise. The Louisiana lawman might have been subjected to higher insurance premiums without the protection of the tank. That could have cost us taxpayers some serious cash. Arpaio found that the risk of smashing a few cocks was not as great as the benefits of using the official MCSO tank. With Arpaio on the jog, you just have to be careful if you are going to be involved with a cock ring.

Thank You New Times
Thank You New Times

I am a former Los Angeles native, now in Phoenix, damn it.I can tell you're also a native of that city as you use its entire name, Los Angeles, and not the childishly media created "LA".

I second your statement to the New Times' staff.Their quality of work certainly makes them hated by those lying loons downtown, but, especially by those who lick the loins of Arpaio.

Mr. Lacey, Mr. Larkins, Mr. Lemons and Mr. King...

Thank you for your efforts.

Steve Tracy of Phx.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Just a thought Tommy.... Have you ever considered running for MCSO shurf? God knows we need a disciplined and professional law-enforcement official in the penthouse suite at the top of the Wells Fargo building.....

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

They will probably take a cue from Kyl and say "We didn't mean the budget we submitted to be factual."

Anowrasteh
Anowrasteh

The unsustainable policy is using government money to kick out hard working people.

wherewasi
wherewasi

OK Pat. We won't call you any names.

We will call Arpaio a stupid ass mother fucker though. He has "sustained" that for many years now.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

He spent it on appearance, Expert. To make it APPEAR MCSO was doing the job it's supposed to be doing.... so much for appearances, eh? Not to mention he was selling a few books along the way.

XSoldier
XSoldier

For the record: Those are the actual lyrics from the Doors 1967 song "The End". I also must warn you that this song is LONG (11 minutes and 40 seconds). Listen at your own risk. Enjoy......

Sheriff Joe's Personal 401K
Sheriff Joe's Personal 401K

"Criminal enterprise known as a cock ring".

Dude, that is some funny shit. Thanks.Your response was great.

Steve Tracy of Phx.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

["you just have to be careful if you are going to be involved with a cock ring"]

Somehow, this just doesn't sound right...

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

typo alert: job, not jog. I doubt he can jog without tripping over his nut sack.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Not a chance, gents. Too old and senile. I am smart enough to stop before I get started, but thanks anyway...

Steve Tracy
Steve Tracy

Mr. Collins,

I will second your nomination for the Sheriff of Maricopa County.

Ronald
Ronald

joe's in bed with john mccain and somebody named jan brewer

XSoldier
XSoldier

Are you suggesting that the Old Fool was involved in the love triangle between Black and Fox?

Sheriff Joe's Personal 401K
Sheriff Joe's Personal 401K

Tommy Collins...

Why the hell don't you run for sheriff of Maricopa County.In previous blogs I have admitted to you my less than stellar behaviour in past years, but even an outlaw like myself can appreciate a dedicated cop.

Steve Tracy

XSoldier
XSoldier

Joe's nuts aren't that big Gerry.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Joe's how old? 79? Yup, that sounds about right...... Joe's not senile, that kicks in whenever he smells publicity or the news media in the wind or wants to blame Henderblimp for the way his office is run while he's rounding up the illegals.

BTW, this old fool has cost us how much money? In excess of $1 billion? That also sounds about right, given all those legal fees taxpayers have paid to defend him against all those lawsuits. I read, on WikiPedia, I think, that Joe got the county sued more than 2,200 times from 2004 to 2007. He's currently costing us $59 million in lawsuits. He's already cost us $43 million in lawsuits. He misspent, I suspect, more than $248 million from the Jail Fund......

You really should consider running Tommy. Or should I say Shurf Collins.......

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Hell Tommy, you just put forth the resume of the current Shurf. "Old and Senile" You are as qualified as our current five time elected Shurf. :-)

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