Larry Black No Longer Listed as Security Director for Phoenix International Raceway

 

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Larry Black appears to have left (or was fired from) his longtime, lucrative job as director of security for Phoenix International Raceway
​Larry Black, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's former No. 3 man, is no longer listed on the Phoenix International Raceway's Web site as director of security.

We can only speculate that he's lost the lucrative job he'd had since 1998 in the wake of damning allegations that caused Arpaio to fire him from the sheriff's office. Lee Baumgarten, PIR's operations director, didn't return repeated calls left by New Times in the last several weeks. That's not surprising, considering that Baumgarten didn't want to comment to the East Valley Tribune when that paper exposed Black's potentially unethical ties to the security job back in 2005.

Black and his favorite aide, Captain Joel Fox, were featured in our April article, Love Connection, which described how the pair send mushy letters to each other while helping run a secret slush fund that benefited Arpaio's 2008 campaign.

 

The sheriff's office has not yet acknowledged questions we e-mailed a few weeks ago about whether anyone's investigating whether county resources were abused on behalf of Black and his high-paying PIR job. The report on the six-month investigation into the sheriff's office by Pinal County seems to make it clear that some shenanigans were going on.

In interviews with Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and his investigators, Black admitted he'd spend an average of 20 hours a week throughout the year for his PIR job. That's an average, so some weeks he didn't work at all -- and sometimes he took weeks off of his MCSO duties for PIR.

Arpaio apparently turned a blind eye to Black's heavy moonlighting, even while paying Black a hefty taxpayer-funded salary. The Babeu report also detailed how Black would often use an MCSO helicopter to help with the security job during races. Unless the MCSO was reimbursed by the PIR for the use of the chopper, and it doesn't appear that it was, the arrangement should make taxpayers shudder.

A similar arrangement is being investigated internally by the MCSO: Aaron Brown, a deputy who worked as an aide to former Chief Deputy Dave Hendershott, was the director of security for the Fiesta Bowl. An MCSO chopper was also possibly abused for that gig, too. The Babeu report notes that "celebrities" like Lou Ferigno and Stephen Seagal were flown to the Fiesta Bowl in one of the sheriff's three helicopters.

It seems likely to us that Sheriff Arpaio knew that folks like Seagal were getting the royal treatment at the expense of taxpayers, so we're not expecting much from Arpaio's internal probe of the matter.

County officials say the use and alleged abuse of resources and equipment for these off-duty jobs is just one of the many areas that will be checked into over the coming months.

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Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

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Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Clarence Clemons talked, in 2009, about his relationship with Bruce Springsteen as a passionate love without sex.  Looking at Joel's comments about his love with Larry Black, it seems that Mr. Clemon's comments provided the source for the flavor of Joel's comments.  While I am certain that there was not a homosexual deal between Clarence and Bruce, Joel and Larry had another flavor indeed.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

If we're looking for the fed to take action against the sheriff and the MCSO for the crimes of theft and fraud against the people of Maricopa County, I'd say it's probably not going to happen.   The fed is guilty of the same crimes against the people of this so called nation.   We're more like a punching bag for Washington.

Mistalee
Mistalee

"The Babeu report also detailed how Black would often use an MCSOhelicopter to help with the security job during races. Unless the MCSOwas reimbursed by the PIR for the use of the chopper, and it doesn'tappear that it was, the arrangement should make taxpayers shudder."

It does. Anyone crunched the numbers on what it costs taxpayers, per hour, to have one of these choppers in the air?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I don't have good numbers but I would guess that $400 an hour is reasonable.  Of course Arpaio would say that he fuels the choppers with green bologna for only $0.14 an hour.

TheChef
TheChef

The Gravy Train certainly had derailed. Just how much of our money has been spent as though it was their own? These arrogant people learned their arrogance from a Con Man that sold Spaceship rides before he was elected Da Shurff.

Gizzard
Gizzard

I guess Larry wasn't in as tight with PIR as he was with Joel!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

This will give Larry more time to get romantic with Joel!

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Black (and Brown) never should have been the head of security AT ANY BUSINESS while employeed full-time by the MCSO.  Talk about your conflict of interest...

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Conflict of interest? Hardly. Most agencies (including county attorneys) would call it THEFT. Taxpayers paying a person to work as a cop at the same time the cop is doing work as director of security for a private corporation? Sure sounds like THEFT to me...

MCSO and MCAO are both very quick to accuse others of criminal activity, yet it appears Black was doing the same thing, if not more so, that PPD officers were involved in.

What, exactly, is it going to take for Mr. Montgomery to do HIS job in situations like this?

Coz
Coz

Montgomery is a Arpaio toad kisser, don't expect Montgomery to do anything except look the other way and pretend he didn't hear or see anything.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Mistalee,

There very well may be fraud involved as well as abuse of his position, but I will agree with Tommy that THEFT of County Resources is the big offense here.  We paid for it and what we paid for was taken from us and provided to a commercial business, perhaps even sold to a commercial business without payment to the taxpayers. 

It may be possible that a fraudulent time card, pilot logs, etc can be used to make a case for fraud much easier than a case for theft could be made.  We really need a prosecutor to look into these things.  Every rock turned over has roaches under it.  Sometimes it seems that MCSO has accumulated 1,000's of skeletons in the closet.

Coz
Coz

Agree, but where are we going  to find one that isn't as corrupt as those he would have to investigate ?

>>We really need a prosecutor to look into these things

Mistalee
Mistalee

Perhaps not theft so much as fraud. Was Black submitting bogus time cards? If he was not misrepresenting his hours, and was not misrepresenting the purpose of the chopper flights, then he may not be guilty of criminal wrongdoing in this matter.

OTOH, its still misuse of county funds. Sounds like Arpayaso or the Hendershit would be on the hook for this if they approved it.

Jason
Jason

It's time for some serious house cleaning over at MCSO. Where are the feds on their abuse of power investigation?

Coz
Coz

Sitting on they're hands with their heads firmly planted up they're asses.

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