Mary Rose Wilcox Gets Her $1 Million Check From Taxpayers; Won't Say How She'll Spend It

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The larger of Mary Rose Wilcox's two settlement checks.
Mary Rose Wilcox finally got her million dollars from taxpayers.

The only question now is how the former County Supervisor, who's running for Congress, will spend the money.

See also:
-Mary Rose Wilcox Settlement Check to be Cut? Maricopa Supervisors in Exec Session

We left a message with Wilcox's husband, Earl, today, and left a message with her congressional campaign yesterday. We haven't heard back from either. We'd like to know if she's picked out a sports car, established a college fund, or what.

In a statement on June 2, Wilcox said she and her husband "owe hundreds of thousands of dollars to banks, and hundreds of thousands of dollars to lawyers" because of the unethical criminal cases. However, we're pretty sure that still leaves her with "hundreds of thousands" to play with. She's refused our previous offers to describe precisely where the money will go.

The settlement check comes a couple of years after the former Maricopa County Supervisor sued the county over the legal abuse she suffered at the hands of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and ex-County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

By presenting bogus evidence to grand juries, Arpaio and Thomas were able to get Wilcox indicted twice on a raft of felonies and misdemeanors related to her non-disclosure of loans in public filings. The garbage cases were dropped by former Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores, whose office determined there was an "utter lack of motive or evidence" for the alleged criminal counts.

Back in 2011, former County Manager David Smith signed off on a $975,000 settlement for Wilcox that had been negotiated through a mediator. A federal judge upheld the settlement in April of 2012. But the county kept stubbornly trying to keep the money from her, even after paying off former Supervisor Don Stapley and current Supervisor Andy Kunasek. As of January, the county had spent nearly $400,000 to keep Wilcox from getting her hands on the approved settlement.

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed on June 2 that Wilcox should get the money. But still the county did not cut a check.

Last Wednesday, County Attorney Bill Montgomery told reporters that it was unlikely the county would appeal the latest ruling, and he saw no obstacles to Wilcox obtaining her cash. The county cut the check the same day, and notified New Times about it on Monday.

The above check for $1,007,594.74 was actually one of two cut for the settlement -- the second was for $78,803.08. The checks include not just the $975,000, but extra money for attorney's fees, and interest accrued since the federal court's 2012 ruling.

Wilcox deserved something for the bad acts committed against her by Arpaio and Thomas.

In August's primary election, the people of Arizona's Congressional District 7 can decide for themselves if Wilcox asked for too much -- and vote accordingly.

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MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Thanks a lot Joe for fucking the taxpayers out of yet ANOTHER $1M for your abuses of power.

B Thomas Cooper
B Thomas Cooper

It's nothing, compared to the ninety some odd million that Arpaio can't account for...

Rick Krussman
Rick Krussman

More tax dollars wasted by our asinine Sherrif

Francisco Garcia Jr.
Francisco Garcia Jr.

There's more where that came from, they are investing the suicide of one of his deputies that Arpaio claims was "rouge". The truth will come out and the taxpayers will pay once again, while Arpaio laughs to the bank.

Eric Ray
Eric Ray

She deserves it for being persecuted because she's left leaning. Shameful. Yes people, shame IS a thing.

Roger Morris
Roger Morris

Now there is about 149,000,000 checks cashed yet to be disclosed.

Mikey Lee
Mikey Lee

Who fucking cares? She's a racist bitch anyways. Besides that it's not like taxpayers money ever goes to help anyone who actually needs it anyways. Like a homeless US citizen for example.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Well on a positive note.............it's one of the smaller bills he has cost us. 1.5 million almost makes it seem like he is getting milder in his mismanagement of our taxes

Erik Bradley
Erik Bradley

Wow...Sheriff Joe loves to waste taxpayer money and market how much he saves....but Maricopa County loves him

Candice Maria Simpson
Candice Maria Simpson

So supporting racist sheriff gets u a million $tax payers money now days wow. This is disgusting

Brian Byrnes
Brian Byrnes

AZ needs to be the wild west we are! We are one of the last great states in this country, and we need to keep it that way! Mccain needs to be staying ALONE in tent city till he croaks!!

Sharon Martinez
Sharon Martinez

She should donate the money to immigration reform advocacy groups

Michael Swann
Michael Swann

she built pv skatepark. she gets a perma pass

Brian Curry
Brian Curry

Don't hate her, the stooges did this to us.

Paul Ollarsaba
Paul Ollarsaba

and thats just the tip of the iceberg. there are others we the public will have to pay because of you people who voting for this racist sheriff .

dennisamenaza
dennisamenaza

Now that Wilcox has cash on hand, Aubuchon can sue can sue her for destroying her career

Brian Byrnes
Brian Byrnes

While we are on the subject, Juan Martienz....Another great choice morons..

Alex Zamudio
Alex Zamudio

Thanks to all you racist ass Arpaio supporters haha.

Brian Byrnes
Brian Byrnes

You people kept voting for him, It's your own damn fault!!! Now what are you going to do about it?? Stop worshiping these idiotic fucking politicians, and start putting REAL people that represent YOU into places of control. Those of us that ARE NOT brain dead can only do so much when you collective of morons fight our every warning...

Egregious_Philbin
Egregious_Philbin

An incredibly stupid person with money.  Yeah, this will be a circus.


Adrian Betti
Adrian Betti

Conrad Gabriel Betti the judge should buy you a round next time haha.

NWEng
NWEng

@danzigsdaddy Not to take away from your positive note; but, this settlement is well under the county insurance deductible which means we're footing %100 of the bill again. On that same note, something tells me there's a reason why all those settlements were under $5m....

NWEng
NWEng

Since the settlement resulted from malicious persecution from Arpaio and Thomas, I really don't think Wilcox supports Arpaio.  Maybe you should go back and read the whole story.
 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Thanks.......now I'm pissed again

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