Richard Miranda, Ex-State Representative, Going to Prison for Stealing From Charity

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Richard Miranda will make the transition from Arizona politics to prison politics.
Former state Representative Richard Miranda is going to prison for a couple years for treating his charity to help out the impoverished as the Richard Miranda Wants More Money Fund.

Miranda, a 55-year-old Democrat, won a 27-month trip to prison this morning for stealing from his charity, and then evading the taxes on his new-found income.

According to the Department of Justice, Miranda was the executive director of a charity that -- at one point -- provided food, clothing, and educational assistance to those in need, including migrant farm workers.

Miranda jacked more than $212,000 from the charity -- Centro Adelante Campesino -- and "unlawfully obtained" more than $18,000 from the Arizona Latino Caucus Foundation.

He started his scheme to "wind down" the charity in 2005, taking over as its accountant and selling its only asset -- a $250,000 building.

That money started to dissipate after Miranda starting writing checks to himself, paying off more than $60,000 in credit-card debt and spending more on personal travel, services, clothing, food, and household items, according to the Justice Department.

Even if he wasn't defrauding the charity -- which he was -- he didn't let the IRS know about his new source of income.

Miranda pleaded guilty to two charges in March, resigning from his spot at the Legislature and agreeing to repay nearly $250,000 in restitution as part of a plea agreement.

He faced up to 25 years in prison based on the charges, but the sentence of just more than two years was expected.

Many of the details of Miranda's scheme can be found in his plea-agreement documents.



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Phoenix Justice
Phoenix Justice

All he had to do was pay himself that as a salary and report it and it would have been all legal.  Scary, isn't it?

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Chicken feed compared to what they steal from us in Washington.

slipery Mike
slipery Mike

kinda like the polish/catholics in Michigan,they took over a city council and stole all the money and bankrupted the little michigan town.
Eloy is a close second!.....but not as many polish!

Bnbk
Bnbk

No,with any kind of luck it will be the true corrupt crimminals. You know the ones that you seem to hold in such high esteem. RuSSell ( I'll find the check stubs,baby feeder)Pearce and your beloved corrupt boss JoKKe( To hell with the child sexual abuse ,they're only mesicans,I'll spend the taxpayers money any damm way I please,Idon't recall) Arpaio.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Ask the DoJ. They seem to be holding all the cards necessary.

Triple-6 Gun Mane
Triple-6 Gun Mane

We went through a very violent weekend, with shootings through out the valley....

And you appear to be ok with your Shurf sending the boyz in beige off to vacation in Hawaii. Leaving the burden of the PPD to tackle crime here alone. Wow, the flaccid fool's nice way of "enforcing all the laws", eh?

Bnbk
Bnbk

I did not say that.Miranda and any other politician that breaks the law should be held accountable.The problem is in this state justice seems to be one sided. The people in power should go after ALL law breakers and not turn a blind eye just because the law breaker happens to be a member of their own political party.......The leadership in this state have forgotten who they work for,that is why nothing short of a political cleansing will remedy this unacceptable situation,we the citizens of our once great state find ourselves in.............We the voters need to remember in November.

Coz
Coz

The question is, are you OK with the millions Arpaio has cost the tax payers in civil suits, attorneys fee's and bogus charges...

Miranda got what he deserved....

When does Arpaio get his ?

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