Ben Arredondo Isn't the Only One the Feds Are Looking At

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If you're doing shady stuff at the City of Tempe or the Arizona Legislature, go buy a shredder, or book a ticket to Morocco or something.

A filing submitted in federal court yesterday in the bribery, fraud, attempted extortion and false statements case of state Representative Ben Arredondo explains that the feds don't want a bunch of information to be publicly disclosed in the case because of "other investigations," which are "both closed and ongoing."

Who or what they're looking into isn't disclosed, or even hinted at, but the filing submitted by the Justice Department attorney says Arredondo has "no objection" to keeping this stuff out of the public eye.

"The Government plans to produce or otherwise make available to the defense a large amount of material, much of which contains confidential and sensitive information related to other investigations (both closed and ongoing)," says the filing, first obtained by the Capitol Times. "If this information were to be publicly disclosed, such disclosure might impede those investigations which are ongoing and/or impair the privacy rights of third parties whose conduct is or was at one time under investigation."

Arredondo -- a Republican-turned-Democrat who served on the Tempe City Council for 16 years before making it into the state House of Representatives in 2010 -- was getting the tickets from a company in exchange for helping it buy city-owned land for a real estate development, according to his federal indictment, filed last week.

That was discovered because there was no "company" -- it was all set up by FBI agents.

"You guys will ask, you guys will have," Arredondo's quoted as saying. "I don't know how else to say it. We'll be just fine because not only [are we] covered at the city, we're covered now at the state."

Arredondo allegedly told the agents he'd reach out to the council members to make sure the deal went through as he went to the House, and didn't disclose the $5,000 worth of tickets or the tables at the charity events he received from the imaginary company.

Arredondo was hit with one count of bribery, two counts of mail fraud , one count of extortion, and one count of giving false statements for allegedly telling FBI agents he knew nothin' 'bout no tickets.

As for that filing submitted yesterday, it hasn't yet been approved by the judge, but it sure does reduce the likelihood of finding out who's next on the chopping block.

The filing even goes as far as demanding Arredondo and his team to pull some CIA-like maneuvers with any documents he receives by accident that contain juicy information.

"Should defendant Arredondo, his attorney of record, or any of the other individuals or entities listed above find any material inadvertently produced by the Government that is marked as classified, they shall immediately double-seal the material and all copies of the material and inform the Government," the document says.

Anyway, if you have any guesses for who's next, feel free to throw their names into the comments section.

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Concernedemployees4evit
Concernedemployees4evit

Add   Dr. Sally Downey, Supt. of East Valley Institute of Technology to the investigation!

Coz
Coz

Not so much who's next as much as who's not on the list when it comes to the corrupt politicians of Arizona.

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

It's good to know the feds are aware of what most of the public has been aware of for sometime now; we've got a lot of corrupt lawmakers, and our county and state attorney's aren't going to do anything about it.  Hopefully the feds will prosecute the worst offenders. 

Coz
Coz

The county and state attorneys are a f-ing joke.
Neither one  of them have any morals or ethic's.

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

Tom Ryff
Gary Husk
Mari Yenni
Hut Hutson
Amber Wakefield
Shana Ellis
Onnie Shekerjian
Rich Woerth
Charlie Meyer

If I can think of others who should be looked at I will add their names too......

OhEleanor
OhEleanor

That's pretty much a list of everyone who is probably NOT under investigation in Tempe. LOL!

That's just the people you don't like.

Naughty Lisa
Naughty Lisa

I'm pretty sure you are cluesless when it comes to who I like and don't like.

The question wasn't who is currently under investigation and my guess is some of those people are....especially Ryff and Husk. 

Don't be a dumb fuck.

Bnbk
Bnbk

With AZ being the cesspool of corruption that it is,the list will be neverending.

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

Since good ol' Ben was a Tempe City Council member for 16 years he knows all about the corruption in Tempe. That is what I do and in my opionion that is what Mr. Hendley was talking about.......his homebase still is Tempe , Ben that is....I can verify that. He just was elected by the idiots to take care of bigger things....shame on them......they should have known better.I've been talking about this shit for the past three years....I've been talking the truth........they know that and they make sure the public doesn't know it anymore.............They are all a bunch of fuckers in Tempe.......

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

When will the feds get off their asses and get the MCSO shurf & Co. as well as Candy Andy Thomas & Co indicted for criminal abuse of power?

Come on feds. This guy's a small fish. Nailing the Old Fool to the wall would really help President Obama score the sorely needed Latino vote and may help him take Arizona in the election come November.

Deniseaz
Deniseaz

 i fully agree , they need to take down and out JoKKKe ,, however ,,,, he is one Parana in the pond, where there is the whole school,,, he is just making his own hook set up tighter and beeper , but as he comes out of the water he is going to fight , what is needed a full wide and deep netting to make sure all the Parana are now fully out oft he water, and no more are to be found .. i too think J.T. ready had some mighty good readings on his computers and in letters , ,so lets let them take the entire system down in one sweep .. the waters might be even more surprising in the long run ..

PeskyP
PeskyP

The indictment of Arredondo mentioned a meeting called by Arredondo, with the fake company set up by the government, where three other Tempe City Councilmembers were present. One was described as a "councilmember-elect". The only "councilmember-elect" in 2010 was Arredondo's neice, Robin Arredondo-Savage. My guess is that the other two may have been Mark Mitchell and Joel Navarro because they were the closest councilmembers to Arredondo at the time.

So Robin Arredondo-Savage is definitely on the government's radar. And two other Tempe City Councilmembers definitely are two. 

Stacy
Stacy

The feds should investigate the below individuals for ties with fiesta bowl and unreported contributions.. in addition to some other stuff I included:

Tom Horne
Jan Brewer (Her connection to CCA)
Russell Pearce (His connection to all the tow companies and him passing legislation to impound more cars) (Lester too)
Ken Bennett
Jim Weirers (also his connection with payday loans and ADOT Lands)

 

Stacy
Stacy

I only mentioned connection to the Fiesta Bowl. 
The other investigations are a different section of the US Atty's office grand jury investigation currently taking place.  (supposed to be secret yet we all know about it.. lol)

Shadow Wolf
Shadow Wolf

The list of corrupt politicos is a bit longer than that. With the exception of a few Democrats. But you got the top dawgs on there. Everyone knows Tom Horn and the media whore--arpaio, is already under investigation. We can only speculate at the moment about the others not yet mentioned.

It should be an interesting year.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Joe Arpaio, who's been under grand jury investigation for almost 4 years for criminal abuse of power, along with his former chief deputy, Dave Henderbulk.

Candy Andy Thomas and his henchwomen, Lisa Aubuchon and Rachel "I use MCSO shurf hair oil for hairgel" Alexander, also for criminal abuse of power.

Eric Nelson745
Eric Nelson745

Also, don't leave out Jabba the Hutt and Company junkets to Honduras.

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