Erik Ketelaar, Wannabe GOP Bigwig, Under Fire from Clients of His Company Tio Sam Taxes

Arpaio's picture also briefly appears on Ketelaar's cheesy commercial.

Stranger still, Ketelaar Accounting hosted an August 7 forum at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort for Republican gubernatorial candidates, moderated by KFYI 550 AM talk-radio personality Jim Sharpe.

Four candidates attended: Frank Riggs, Christine Jones, Ken Bennett, and Doug Ducey.

As I'd already spoken to some of Tio Sam's unhappy customers and since I've been following the GOP primary race for governor, I figured I'd attend and buttonhole Ketelaar.

The large room was packed with several hundred people, many of them Jones supporters.

Banners pimping Ketelaar Accounting flanked the dais, and Ketelaar, who sat next to Sharpe, got to ask some questions, like one about reducing red tape and lowering taxes, which almost all Republicans are in favor of in one form of or another.

Toward the end of the event, Sandra Tovar, whose daughter-in-law Stefany Felix says she is owed $3,089 by Tio Sam, jumped up and tried to shout a question at Ketelaar.

She wanted to know how Ketelaar could claim to be so successful and pay to promote and host this event when people like her daughter-in-law and others she knows are owed money by his company.

Because the event was ending and folks were leaving, most in the audience hardly noticed her, and she was escorted out of the room by security.

I approached Ketelaar and asked why Tio Sam was not paying people their refunds in a timely manner.

"Because we're having a problem with the IRS. That's really what it is," he told me.

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Erik Ketelaar wrote me a bad check. He is an accountant, and he wrote bad checks. He isn't even good at being a CPA.


Your the best hope he never has another opportunity to take anyones money again

66rock topcommenter

Oh looky the next GOP Az state senator!

WhoKnows topcommenter

These "want to be a GOP bigwig" types are simply too stupid to understand ethics and what sane people expect.....


lol, US POlitics. Best politics money can buy lol.


In addition to "reducing red tape and lowering taxes," almost all Republicans are in favor of reducing citizens' rights to bring small lawsuits against private companies like Ketelaar's (which they like to describe as "frivolous").  So it doesn't surprise me that he's insinuating himself with gubernatorial candidates from the GOP.
What a scumbag.  As usual, people least able to afford it are the ones being ripped off.  Tio Bandito, more like it.


Classic...a guy who is an incompetent businessman at best, and a scummy, money-stealing, criminal slimeball at worst, blames the IRS for all his problems instead of his own slimy, sketchy business practices. Of course said guy becomes a GOP kingmaker; the GOP hates the IRS too, just like he does. And just like him the GOP wants to do away with all those evil, nasty regulations designed to keep slimy scumbags like him  from stealing vulnerable people's money so they can make a profit...uh...I mean....designed to keep good ol 'mercun small business people from making an honest living! Yeah, that's what I mean....

It's so predictable it's not even funny anymore....


He sounds like the perfect guy to teach a course in Republican Business Ethics.

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Why is the IRS so coy about whether or not this crook is being investigated? That is a mystery all by itself. Hopefully he'll someday be running his business from a prison cell, just like a Mafia don. Oh, has anyone contacted the BBB? Surely they have something on him.

MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

This guy is a con artist.

Nothing more and nothing less.


As a first class Republican operative, Erik has the all purpose answer to the problem of not getting the refunds to his sucke. . ., I mean customers-----It's OBAMA's fault!!!


@eric.nelson745 It's not a matter of being coy.  I seriously doubt any government agency would confirm or deny an investigation against any private citizen.  They might say "the situation" is being looked at but I seriously doubt they would confirm looking at charges against a GOP bigwig.

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