AG Rio Nuevo Investigation Closes With “No Further Action” Finding

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The Arizona Attorney General’s office has notified the Rio Nuevo District that it has closed its investigation into any and all alleged improprieties in the 2014 procurement process used by the District in connection with the Arena Site. After exploring all viable investigative leads, the Attorney General’s office is officially closing the case with “No Further Action.”

While the Rio Nuevo District Board made the announcement on Thursday, insiders were advised that the Arizona Attorney General’s investigator had closed the case over a month ago.

The press release issued by the District reads, “After exploring all viable investigative leads, the Attorney General’s office is officially closing the case with “No Further Action.” The investigation was conducted at the behest of District insiders, who had an interest in the development of what has become known as the Arena Property. Those insiders failed to secure the award for their cronies, and caused the complaint to be filed against Rio Nuevo watchdog Board member Alberto Moore.

Moore had tried to bring attention to the questionable process employed by the District and made himself a target as a result. Those targeting Moore alleged that he had received favors from developer Alan Norville. Despite their best efforts to prevent the award from going to Norville, his company NorGen eventually won the right to develop the property.

Throughout the bidding process, the smear campaign launched against Norville and Moore was in high gear and eventually culminated in the complaint filed with the Attorney General’s office. According to Moore, he and Norville have never done business together.

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