Chaffetz used Nogales crime stats from city’s own website

The Nogales International is reporting that Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who has been accused by Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino for presenting “false and inflammatory” crime statistics, actually got those statistics from the city’s own website.

“These misstatements need to be corrected,” Garino wrote in a letter in response to comments made by U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican, during a July 19 hearing on the judiciary committee’s oversight of the Department of Homeland Security, according to the International. “We are committed to the safety of our residents and all our visitors.”

The International reported that Chaffetz said he printed the data after finding it posted on the City of Nogales website in June 2011. In a letter sent to Garino on Thursday, Chaffetz agreed that the crime statistics he provided at the hearing do not jibe with those that are now published on the city’s site. But he also expressed concern that the city may have reported two different sets of data to the public and federal government.

“I am concerned about the integrity and transparency of your crime statistics,” Chaffetz wrote.

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