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Maricopa County Justice Courts Administration—Criminal Indictment—Theft and Misuse of Public Monies


During our fiscal year 2016 financial audit of Maricopa County, we noted a questionable transaction by Dexter Thomas, former director of support services for the Maricopa County Justice Courts Administration, and made further inquiries of management, who informed us of possible financial misconduct by Mr. Thomas. Our investigation revealed that from February through September 2015, Mr. Thomas allegedly falsified 5 county travel expense forms and received $1,296 he was not entitled to, in addition to using his county purchasing card to pay for 5 personal purchases totaling $1,135. We have submitted our report to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, which on October 24, 2018, presented evidence to the Maricopa County Superior Court Grand Jury. The action resulted in Mr. Thomas’ indictment on 4 felony counts related to theft, misuse of public monies, and fraudulent schemes.