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Source: FBI Interested in SCA Case Involving Joe Arpaio's Office

 

Just hung up from one of our trusty "Deep Throat" sources who tells us the FBI is highly interested in the Sheriff's Command Association case.

Our source says New Times articles this morning about the men behind the SCA donations were forwarded to the local FBI office. An FBI agent soon called, hungry for more.

The FBI "is offering an ear" on the case, says the source. "They'd like to know about the stuff being conducted on county time."

The source claims to have inside knowledge -- though not first-hand -- that Captain Joel Fox "ran" the SCA out of the Sheriff's Office. We don't know how much "running" the SCA required, but the source's claim makes a certain sense -- after all, with most of the SCA members located in the MCSO, Fox wouldn't have had far to walk if he had a question or some kind of problem to discuss with the others.

The FBI has been all over Arpaio recently, asking about the "possible misuse of power by Arpaio and other sheriff's representatives," according to one article by the Arizona Republic.

The SCA case, now that the donors have been revealed, falls neatly into that line of questioning.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.