Steve Ellman's a Bad Influence on Sheriff Arpaio's Men, It Seems; Developer Tied to Multiple Allegations

 

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Valley developer Steve Ellman has shared some good times with Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the sheriff's top aides. Now he shares their scandals.
​Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio ought to tell his deputies not to play with Steve Ellman. The Valley developer and former Phoenix Coyotes owner has clearly been a bad influence on the sheriff's men.

 

* Ellman is a major figure in the SCA campaign finance scandal, and is Arpaio's friend. He flew the sheriff's top men to Alaska in 2007, where they met with wealthy men who would contribute big money to the slush fund created by former Arpaio aides Larry Black and Dave Hendershott. Ellman also worked with Black and Hendershott to collect large contributions that were later illegally donated to the state Republican Party and used to pay for a smear ad that targeted Arpaio's opponent in the 2008 election.

* Hendershott allegedly offered to trade law enforcement services to Ellman on property the developer was trying to acquire in return for a discount on lease space for a restaurant Hendershott's wife wanted to open.

* Larry Black, the former deputy chief fired recently by Arpaio along with Hendershott, once offered a sheriff's lieutenant season tickets to Coyotes games in return for dropping assault charges against a Coyotes player. Black reportedly told the lieutenant, Rich Burden, that he knew someone who could get the tickets. Black was a friend of Ellman's, the Munnell Memo investigative report states.

When Burden sued the Coyotes player, Brad May, Black and another top Arpaio aide, Brian Sands, stressed over what the lawsuit might mean to their friendship with Ellman.

 

 

 

"Ellman's a friend of mine as much as he's a friend of Larry Black," Sands told investigators.

 

Sands survived Arpaio's small purge of top aides and is now the chief of patrol.

 

 


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13 comments
Coz
Coz

Can anyone tell my how the most insane, morality challenged and corrupt politicians get elected in Arizona and Maricopa County ?

I'd really like to know how people can be so stupid to elect these fools over and over again.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

The MCSO shurf makes it easy for his staff to be corrupt. Simply a case of follow the leader. People seemingly like Mr. Ellman recognize those who are greedy and they take advantage of them in their positions of authority.

Coz
Coz

Told you Sands was as dirty as the rest of them.

>>"Ellman's a friend of mine as much as he's a friend of Larry Black," Sands told investigators.

Jason
Jason

I have a feeling that Ellman will be joining those who will be doing the perp-walk. He's just as dirty as Joe & Co., as well as Candy Ass Thomas & Co.

Emiliano Zapata
Emiliano Zapata

Sands looks like Count Chocula and is as dirty as the rest of them. He'll end up in jail, too.

Jason
Jason

The most insane, morally challenged and corrupt politicians get elected in Arizona and Maricopa County because they all promise to go after the illegals. Simply a matter of pulling the right heartstrings. Then, when they are in office, the corruption flourishes.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Coz,

I can only think of one reason.

"Just Because"

Not an adequate response, but that is the best I can do.

GC

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Corruption of this magnitude can't flourish without blessing and fertilization from the top. Arpaio sets the example that his people emulate/follow. He may not have known of all the stuff going on, but for nearly two decades he CHOSE to ignore most if not all complaints about his people from inside or outside the MCSO. I firmly believe that Arpaio was calling the shots on many of these corrupt events / people / behaviors.

Arpaio says I use a manual typewriter, no email, etc. I think this is not a technology hurdle for him. I think it is a means not not leaving a electronic searchable paper trail. Not everything was put on his typewriter, but the attitude of concealing bad behavior is certainly prevalent.

The fish stinks from the head. The head is named Arprio.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Yeah, he's rich, though.

That's as good as teflon. Bet it won't stick.

Jason
Jason

Ellman's lawyer is Grant Woods, so you're right, it may not stick.

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