State Representative Jim Weiers Won't Explain Reported Role in SCA Criminal Investigation

 

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State Representative Jim Weiers, R-Phoenix, told investigators that he didn't remember referring Sheriff Arpaio's men to GOP consultant Chris Baker, as Baker said he did.
​We've given it the old college try, but State Representative Jim Weiers (R-Phoenix) apparently doesn't want to talk about his reported role in the SCA criminal investigation.

 

As our article on the campaign-finance scandal this week and previous blog posts mention, Weiers' name came up in the 802-page report on the state Attorney General's investigation. No indictments ever were produced in the probe of campaign hijinks from the 2008 election. However, the case was deferred to the U.S. Attorney's Office last month by state AG Tom Horne, and the feds are apparently looking at the SCA scam as well as other alleged abuses by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's top people.

Weiers comes in as a possible link between the state Republican Party and two of Arpaio's henchmen, Larry Black and Joel Fox, in an alleged money-laundering scheme aimed at helping Arpaio's 2008 bid for office.

As this week's article, "Love Connection," explains, Baker's a GOP political consultant and Weiers' friend. The state lawmaker, in turn, is a strong supporter of Arpaio and has a kid who works in the Sheriff's Office.

When interviewed by state investigators and the FBI, Baker said he met Fox and Black after he was contacted by Weiers in early 2008.

By that time, Fox and Black had amassed more than $110,000 in contributions from corporations, members of an exclusive sheriff's posse, and several of Arpaio's top commanders. Under the likely guidance of Black's boss, Chief Deputy David Hendershott, Black and Fox sought a way to put the donations to a political use.

"Jim Weirs (sic) said there were some people interested in becoming involved in county races," Baker said, according to the SCA report.

That statement alone raises a huge red flag. By law, the money in the SCA fund could not be donated with the purpose of influencing any county race -- that's called illegal earmarking.

Baker told investigators that Weiers didn't give him any contact information for Black or Fox, just that "Baker would be receiving a call from one of them."

Baker went on to state that he he'd had many meetings with Weiers about legislative bills, and maybe he had chatted with Weiers about Fox and Black during one of those meetings. 

In any case, Baker did meet with Fox and Black, and "they indicated they were supportive of Republicans and county races."

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Deputy Chief Larry Black, part of Sheriff Arpaio's inner circle, told investigators he "might have" asked Representative Weiers about donating money to the Republican Party. Weiers claimed he didn't know Black.
​Well, no duh -- Black is the self-described "political hack" for Arpaio, and the report shows that Hendershott -- Arpaio's campaign manager -- was involved in every aspect of raising funds for the SCA account. The jobs of Hendershott, Black and Fox almost certainly depended on Arpaio being re-elected. Gee, could they possibly be supportive of county races like, hmm, give us a minute, oh yeah -- Sheriff Arpaio's?

As you may know from our previous articles, $105,000 was handed to Baker by Black in two separate checks. The first one, given to Baker on August 21, 2008, was for $80,000; another for $25,000 was given to Baker three weeks later. The bulk of the money was used by Baker and Randy Pullen, then the chairman of the state GOP, to create a smear ad that targeted Arpaio's Democratic opponent in 2008, Dan Saban. The report states that Pullen was overheard on October 1, 2008, the night the ad ran, saying the SCA money was donated to the Party specifically to fund the ad.

The former head of internal affairs for Arpaio told the FBI that Black had worked on the raw material for the anti-Saban ad, and that it was "common talk/knowledge" around the office that the SCA money would be used to fund the ad.

When investigators interviewed Black on May 11, 2009, Black said he knew of Weiers and had met him, but didn't think Weiers knew him. Weiers had been to Arpaio's 19th floor headquarters several times, Black stated.

Black stated that "he did not make a specific call to Jim Weiers" about the SCA money or donating to the Republican Party.

"He might have been someplace and Jim Weiers was there, and he asked him about it, but he does not have a specific recollection," Black stated cryptically.

Actually, that seems somewhat specific when you boil it down: Black admits he might have asked Weiers about the SCA money, though the time frame is unclear.

On April 30, 2009, state investigator Mike Edwards called Weiers' office. Edwards wanted to meet Weiers for a chat, but the former House Speaker asked if the interview could just be over the phone.

Weiers has known Baker for years and considers him a friend, Weiers told Edwards.

"I asked if he remember contacting Chris Baker in the summer of 2008 and telling Chris Baker that there were some people interested in donating money to the Republican Party, and could Chris Baker meet with them," Edwards wrote in his report. "Representative Weiers said he did not remember that."

Weiers went on to say that neither Sheriff Arpaio nor Hendershott contacted him to set up a meeting, and that he didn't know Fox or Black.

Fox was interviewed during the April 27, 2009, search of his home for evidence related to the suspected campaign crimes. He told investigators he didn't know Weiers or Baker.

So, who's lying -- Baker, Black, Fox or Weiers? Maybe all four?

Weiers, who was reelected to District 10 in 2010, has not returned repeated calls we made to his office. That doesn't mean Weier's a liar. But he certainly ain't helping clear up the confusion.

 

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ExpertShot
ExpertShot

http://www.azcentral.com/arizo...

The above web site has information on the child molester Weiers was friends with. I'm guessing that at the heart of this is a conspiracy to conduct "sex tours" overseas. Powerful people feel like they can get away with anything and all it takes is the right people in the right places to make things happen. This whole think may revolve around Weiers and his molester fiend making these connections for the rich and powerful (Ellman, Pearce, Kyle, McCain, Brock, Wolfswinkel, ? etc.) to get away with child sex tours in Honduras, Alaska the Phillipines, etc.. Goldwater and his collegues were famous for all sorts of kinky sexscapades - this is just another chapter in the sleazy history of Arizona politics.

If you want the first one - check out our first governor - a REAL horndog!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Has anyone else noticed how all the sudden some of the common 'motor mouths' of Airy Zona, to wit: Weiers, pearce, arpaio, hendershott, etc., have either completely forgotten everything, or they no longer have the need to comment?

arpaio has an electronic bulletin board on I-17 thanking himself. For what? Why?

pearce recently told a reporter he doesn't have to show her any invoices or cancelled checks for his Fiesta Bowl trips...

hendershott slammed the door in the face of a reporter today when the reporter went to his house for comments one of the latest revelations of criminal conduct....

arpaio is refusing to release any part of the report on the Munnell Memo investigation conducted through Pinal County S.O.

Gee, it sure makes one wonder if maybe something is being hidden... in mine shafts or wherever...

linbb
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WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Yet another scumbag elected offical that WILL NOT take responsibility for his own illegal actions. He'll be the next Gov in AZ!

Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer

And there's Jerry Weiers who sat on the Sentencing Commission bill to effectively kill it. They want everyone they don't like incarcerated for decades to hide their corruption.

Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer

Ray, Great investigative reporting and public service. that the "other" local media won't cover and doesn't want the public to know about. The pieces of the corruption jigsaw puzzle continue to get put together. The state legislature needs a drastic housecleaning. They've used and abused the taxpayers long enough!!

Mistalee
Mistalee

He was probably the meat in the sandwich, the "middle man" in the Fox/Black/Weiers menage a trois. No wonder he doesn't want to admit he knows them.

XSoldier
XSoldier

"He was probably the meat in the sandwich, the "middle man" in the Fox/Black/Weiers menage a trois."

Damn. And all this time I thought Henderblimp was the meat in the middle...... Maybe Weiers was just a condiment, like the mayonnaise.......

XSoldier
XSoldier

Why am I not surprised by this latest piece in the corruption puzzle of the MCSO shurf, his slimy, greasy minions and Candy Ass Thomas and his slimy, greasy minions? I suspect Weiers knows what is being said about him in the New Times is 100% accurate, and he is shutting up on his lawyer's advice.

Mr. Stern,do you know if Representative Weiers will be summoned to appear before the federal grand jury supposedly looking into our ancient gendarme and his gang of corrupt criminals as well as our mentally unstable and delusional former county attorney and his gang of corrupt criminals?

Wonder when he'll be booted from office for his connection with SCA?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I would hope that Weiers is booted from office soon AFTER Russell Pearce is booted from office. We have to keep our priorities in order.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Let's see.....

1) Boot Russell Pearce. 2) Boot Scott Bundgaard.3) Boot Jim Weiers.

Got it. Thanks, Gerry.

Native Guns
Native Guns

Wow! So the FBI is still involved? Thought they slithered away like a snake crawling back into its hole, never to be seen again.

Speaking of liers. As far as I know from reading all the NT articles/blogs/comments, that Fox comes out on top as the best lier of them all. GOPsuckers in general are notorious for lying to the American people. But the "Flaccid Fool" is the best lier in the world. Either that, or he's too senile.

RY
RY

Jim Weiers is corrupt. Some one should check him on the ADOT property transactions. Also he was behind the push to have payday loans in AZ charge over 322% interest causing many to lose it all.. he's in that business.. any place else and he'd be called a loan shark, here its AZ policy. Also, WTF is he doing with child molesters living in his home? Oh, and yes.. he is very much in bed with Larry Black. Just ask Former Phx PD Sgt Larry Gray....spouse to State Sen. Linda also serves in the same leg district. PLEA gave him the most money than any other candidate

Havingfunintexasbuddy
Havingfunintexasbuddy

because he is a child molesting pedofile as well thats why!  check into his past in texas!  corsicana, palestine and marshall texas. he was a restaurant owner here and burned the last one to collect on insurance before he took off to phoenix where i see he is still involved in crimial activity!  he molested a lot of innocent young boys in texas and arthur was one of his victims back then!

Stink Eye
Stink Eye

OF COURSE HE IS CORRUPT. MOST CLEAN CUT SHORT HAIRED MALES ARE. EITHER CRIMINALS OR CORRUPT IN SOME WAY. LOOK AT ANY BIG CITY POLICE MUGSHOTS FOR PROOF.

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