Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sheriff Joe Arpaio pays for the training of Honduran cops with RICO funds to the tune of around $32K, and counting. - Phoenix News - Feathered Bastard

Sheriff Joe Arpaio pays for the training of Honduran cops with RICO funds to the tune of around $32K, and counting. - Phoenix News - Feathered Bastard

After obtaining 108 documents of MCSO expense reports through a public records request, it's now obvious from the notations on the reports themselves that the training of these Honduran cops is being paid for by the MCSO through tens of thousands of dollars in RICO funds -- monies obtained through asset forfeiture proceedings under the state laws mirroring the Federal Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act, the law which allows law enforcement agencies to seize assets and property from those involved in offenses such as money laundering, extortion or the drug trade.

According to Arizona law, there are two revolving funds: one overseen by the Attorney General's office; and one handled by the County Attorney. The statutes involved also state that "Monies in any fund may be used for the funding of gang prevention programs, substance abuse prevention programs, substance abuse education programs and witness protection...or for any purpose permitted by federal law relating to the disposition of any property that is transferred to a law enforcement agency."

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