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Feds end financial misconduct probe of Sheriff Joe’s Office

Last friday federal prosecutors announced that they had concluded their investigation in to possible financial misconduct by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office(MCSO) and that they would not be filing any charges. The Feds are still investigating the MCSO over racial profiling and civil rights accusations, a fact that a few publications seemed to have missed.

The announcement on Friday marked the end of an investigation that began in November 2010 at the behest of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to examine alleged financial improprieties by the county sheriff and his deputies.

A federal criminal inquiry into several of those matters was concluded last summer with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona declining to initiate criminal charges.

Maricopa County authorities were informed on Friday that federal prosecutors had likewise declined to bring charges in connection with allegations that the sheriff’s office had misused county credit cards or misspent money from jail facilities excise taxes.

The Feds also dropped their investigation of two former MCSO employees for similar accusations of misusing government funds.

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