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Department of Emergency and Military Affairs - Theft and Misuse of Public Monies


James Burnes, a former Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs employee embezzled and misused more than $2.7 million from the Department and the Arizona National Guard Emergency Relief Fund, a nonprofit corporation. On October 19, 2011, the Arizona State Grand Jury indicted Mr. Burnes on felony charges related to theft, fraudulent schemes, and forgery for the time period of January 2007 through August 2011. On February 15, 2012, as part of a plea agreement, Mr. Burnes pled guilty to two felony counts related to theft and fraudulent schemes.