State of Arizona Office of the Auditor General



Pinal County Sheriff's OfficeTheft of Public Monies (December 2005)


Our investigation revealed that from January 2002 to September 2003, the former inmate service detention officer allegedly embezzled at least $11,884 from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office by embezzling inmate funds and issuing an unauthorized check for $2,500 to her sister.  Additionally, the former detention officer misused county funds by delaying deposits totaling $42,840 of inmate money to help her conceal her theft of $11,884. We submitted our findings to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, and on December 14, 2005, the Maricopa County Superior Court issued an indictment on two counts of theft, and one count each of fraudulent schemes, misuse of public money, and tampering against the former detention officer.  The former detention officer’s sister was indicted on one count of theft.

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