Radtke Pleads Guilty To 3 Misdemeanors, Agrees Not To Work For Pima County Again

Chris Radtke

Former Pima County Chief Deputy Chris Radtke, age 55, of Tucson, AZ, pleaded guilty Friday morning to three misdemeanor counts of theft of public money. U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric J. Markovich took the plea. Sentencing in the case is set for April 7 at 10:30 a.m. before Magistrate Judge Markovich.

Radtke pleaded guilty to a three-count Misdemeanor Information filed Friday morning. The plea agreement includes a stipulated sentence of one year of probation with the special condition that the defendant will never seek a position in law enforcement or with Pima County and that seeking such a position will be considered a breach of the plea agreement. The sentencing agreement is subject to the approval of, and acceptance of the Court.

“We have reached a just outcome in this case. This investigation and prosecution has cleaned the Pima County Sheriff’s Office of years of corruption and ensures it will not return,” U.S. Attorney John W. Huber of the District of Utah said today. “We recognize and commend the excellent work that the FBI in Tucson did on this important case.”

According to admissions made in a court document filed in connection with the plea for approximately 18 years until July 2016, officers at the Pima County Sheriff’s Department engaged in a scheme to launder RICO/forfeiture funds to circumvent the strict restrictions on the use of those funds. The officers collaborated together to make it appear that the Sheriff’s Department was donating the RICO/forfeiture funds to the Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers (SAV), although the funds were actually used by the Sheriff’s Department.

Radtke admitted that he became involved in this practice roughly six years ago while assigned as the Administrative Services Division Commander. He said that at that time, his supervisors explained to him that although the RICO funds were donated to the SAV, the funds were actually used by the Sheriff’s Department for purposes unrelated to the SAV. After the funds were laundered this way, the Sheriff’s Department could use the funds free of any restrictions, according to court documents. Officers would use checks and credit cards from the SAV to make it appear that the SAVs were using the funds.

Radtke admitted that for about five and a half years, until July 2016, he participated in the scheme. He approved internal Sheriff’s Department memoranda requesting the “donation” of RICO/forfeiture funds to the SAV. He also participated in deciding which SAV accounts the fund would go into and how the funds would be spent. He acknowledged that by engaging in this conduct, he violated the law.

As a part of his guilty plea to Count 1, Radtke admitted that on May 12, 2011, he participated in using a Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers check for $926.09 to reimburse the Sheriff’s Department special awards fund. He admitted that he requested part of that reimbursement for a $250 restaurant bill and tip, and other Sheriff’s Department employees requested $109.09 in reimbursement for a new microwave oven for the breakroom at the Sheriff’s Department.

With regard to Count 2, Radtke admitted that on July 24, 2014, he participated in using the Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers credit card to purchase two model airplanes for himself and a colleague for $599.90 and to pay $90 for shipping. On July 29, 2014, he participated in using the Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers credit card to pay $50 for a rush shipping charge for the model airplanes.

In pleading guilty to Count 3, Radtke admitted that on April 20, 2015, he participated in using a Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers check to pay an artist $500 to create a menu for the chalkboard at the café at the Sheriff’s Department, even though the café was owned and operated by his niece, not by the Sheriff’s Department.

In each of the three incidents, Radtke admitted that he knowingly converted the funds to the use of the Sheriff’s Department with the intention of depriving the owner of the use or benefit of the money or property.

Pima County Deputy Sheriff’s Association president Sgt. Kevin Kubitskey stated, “After hearing what the plea agreement was in court today, I’m not surprised with what the final penalties will be. To have seven felonies reduced down to three misdemeanors all for under $1000 was somewhat disappointing. However a couple of beneficial things came out of the sentencing today. The first being the statement made by the prosecution that this was happening over an 18 year period, involving numerous people. To have Chris Radtke agree to that statement tells me that there’s potential that others are being looked at. I certainly hope that the US Attorney pushes forward and charges those other people due to the fact that a great many of us stuck our necks out and jeopardized our families for the families of Pima County. The second great thing to come from this is that Chris Radtke Radke will never work in law-enforcement again nor will he work for Pima County in anyway shape or form.”

According to the original indictment:

Radtke conspired with others in the Pima County Sheriff’s Department to make it appear that the forfeiture funds were being used by the SAV by using SAV checks and the SAV credit card to pay for items that were actually purchased for the Sheriff’s Office and individuals affiliated with the defendant. The following are examples of the approximate $500,000 of financial transactions affecting interstate and foreign commerce that were designed in whole or in part to conceal and disguise the nature, location, source, ownership, and control of the proceeds of specified unlawful activity:

a. On May 12, 2011, an SAV check was issued to an employee of the Sheriff’s Office for $926.09. Supporting documentation shows that the check was to reimbursed the special awards fund, and that the defendant requested part of that reimbursement for a $250 restaurant bill and tip and that other Sheriff’s Office employees requested $109.09 in reimbursement for a new microwave oven for the break room at the Sheriff’s Office;

b. On September 21, 2011, an SAV check was issued to an employee of the Sheriff’ Office for $627.60. Supporting documentation shows the check was to reimburse the SAV food and refreshment fund and that the defendant requested part of that reimbursement for an $80.79 restaurant bill and tip for a lunch for the Sheriff’s Office custodians;

c. On October 31, 2011, an SAV check was issued to an employee of the Sheriff’s Office for $288.72. Supporting documentation shows that the check was to reimburse the Sheriff’s Office for materials to assemble a Santa sleigh to be used at the Sheriff’s Office annual awards banquet and that the defendant approved the use of the funds for that purpose;

d. On December 4, 2013, an SAV check for $600 was issued to a business called “on-dree-ah” to purchase a chalkboard. The invoice was addressed to an employee at the Sheriff’s Office;

e. On January 6, 2014, an SAV check was issued to an artist for $300. Supporting documentation shows that the check was to reimburse the Sheriff’s Office for artwork for a chalkboard at the cafe at the Sheriff’s Office, even though the cafe was owned and operated by the defendant’s niece, not by the Sheriff’s Office;

f. On July 23, 2014, the SAV Chase credit card was used to purchase a photograph for the Sheriff’s Office for $31.34. A handwritten note on an email reflecting the purchase states that the photograph was requested by the defendant;

g. On July 24, 2014, the SAV Chase credit card was used to purchase two model airplanes for the Sheriff’s Office for $599.90 and to pay $90 for shipping. The invoice lists the defendant’s last name next to one of the model airplanes and that the model airplanes were being shipped to the Sheriff’s Office;

h. On July 29, 2014, the SAY Chase credit card was used to pay $50 for a rush shipping charge for the model airplanes to be shipped to the Sheriff’s Office;

i. On March 31, 2015, the SAV Chase credit card was used to purchase a chalkboard for $366.29 and to pay $135 for shipping and handling charges.

Supporting documentation shows that the chalkboard was purchased for the cafe at the Sheriff’s Office, even though the cafe was owned and operated by the defendant’s niece, not by the Sheriff’s Office; and

j. On April 20, 2015, an SAV check was issued to an artist for $500. Supporting documentation shows that the check was to reimburse the Sheriff’s Office for artwork for a chalkboard at the cafe at the Sheriff’s Office, even though the cafe was owned and operated by the defendant’s niece, not by the Sheriff’s Office.

28 Comments

  1. I believe it’s safe to say that
    the Pima County taxpayers have just
    been “Ned Beatty’d^^^” by the legal system.

    ^^^1972 film “Deliverance.”

    Unless he’s going to spill the beans on
    the myriad of co-conspirators in court,
    this outcome is woefully inadequate for
    these felonies.

  2. Richard, Radtke was only decorated with awards the command staff came up with before Heaney retired. His shadowbox wasn’t pretty enough. A few of the awards are very legitimate, most are for ridiculous non law enforcement reasons. The higher ranks of the past few years, have little or no actual police related awards. Most are for varying types of education, not even law enforcement specific. If there was an award for at least 5 years patrol, most wouldn’t have had it. They have been so self aggrandizing for so long it will It’ll be unfixable for at least 5-10 years until Sheriff Napier can flush all remnants of the remaining sycophants out. Go after the POST revocable violations, there are plenty.

  3. Blind Justice or condoned criminals? How many other illegal stuff over the last year? If you are a criminal in prison because a Deputy like Radtke testified should you not ask for a new trial?

    One lie leads to another if a Deputy / Department has no integrity what do we have? If the responsible parties CA LaWall, Sheriff Dupnick & Nanos, Chuck Huckleberry and only heaven knows who else.

    There needs to be a investigation of every single person who had oversight and authority over the use of Rico funds. Anyone and EVERYONE who had knowledge and failed to stop the criminal(s) must go to Court. Let a jury of your peers decide what crimes your guilty of.

    I demand the only method new elected Sheriff can be Pima County Top Cop is to investigate all ( I mean all ) people involved in chain of Command and authority I use of Rico funds.

    Once that is completed it need be submitted to outside prosecutor office. Anything less will amount to County officials acting like the Drug dealers they took the funds from in the first place.

    How the ole ( dicho ) saying go, don’t do the crime if you don’t want to do the time.

  4. Perhaps a review of the judge’s bank account might shed some light on where the missing money has gone. Accepting this plea deal surely seems suspicious to me. And it was stated in the deal that there were others involved, what about them?

    Blue Lives Matter, but they can’t operate outside the law and get away with it if they really want our support.

  5. Dupnik Radtke and Chucky are all laughing behind our back. Bahahhaahhaa. Time to line up for our annual shearing.

  6. Pima county just-us has been served.
    A walking crime wave impersonating a police officer walks away with his pension intact and no real accountability will come from his laughable sentencing.

    TOoT

  7. Just goes to show law enforcement is held to a different standard when it comes to criminal behavior. Why did the FBI even bother? It’s back to business as usual in Pima County.

  8. So much for justice being served.
    Radtke was a vindictive, Stalin type, ego driven a-hole. His actions under this indictment, 6 years, should have warranted a far more serious punishment.
    He knew what he was doing and laundered funds and defrauded the government. That sounds felonious.
    His actions alone have tarnished a career field which has been having a rough go as of late.
    Steal money and rise through the ranks. What a farce!
    This makes me sick to my stomach and screams ‘fishy’.
    18 years of wrongdoing. 1 1/2 years lf investigating. Over $500k in funds unaccounted for and the FBI and US Attorney wants to agree with 3 cheesey misdemeanor charges. Lets not add on, ‘cant work for Pima County or law enforcement’ again. That’s a crock of s***!
    Take his pension! Take his house. The deputies need REAL justice and closure!!!!

  9. More of the same that PCSD personnel have been choking on for years. The discipline that hack would mete out was so petty, vicious and mean spirited. Yet he was right there with the even pettier Nanos saving Capt, now Lt, E from resigning because of his failed drug test. He is scum, has been and always will be. If a Deputy took $5.00 they would be gone in a heartbeat and should be. Good riddance!!! Hope you sang like a canary and brought down the rest of your ilk. It would be a nice change from your very corrupted view on how to properly do your job you POS…

  10. mcpee, no body but the individual HIMSELF ruined his reputation. He was SUPPOSED to be one of numnuts leaders, but when a crook appoints a crook no body is at fault I guess. In the military if ‘caught’ taking ANY government property so marked such as a pen the individual was subject to UCMJ action, if you dont know what that is look it up. Here is a guy that TOOK funds for ILLEGAL purposes and got away with it. Guess someone need to forward this mess to Mr Sessions and Trump for review. And the press is saying that the ‘courts’ are being UNJUSTLT villified!!!

  11. Can we get an agreement from the City of Tucson not to hire this criminal? What part did Chuck Huckleberry play in this?

    • Yeah – big time criminal – what a joke:
      According to the indictment, that money was then used to buy several items, including:
      •A microwave for the Sheriff’s Office break room
      •Materials to assemble a sleigh for the department’s annual awards banquet
      •Artwork for a cafe at the Sheriff’s office, owned by Radtke’s niece
      •A chalkboard for that same cafe
      •Two model airplanes

      • Theft or bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds (sometimes referred to as program fraud or program bribery) is a federal crime under 18 U.S.C. § 666. The purpose of this statute is protect the integrity of the vast sums of money distributed through federal programs. The section is designed to facilitate the prosecution of persons who steal money or otherwise divert property or services from state and local governments or private organizations—for example, universities, foundations and business corporations—that receive large amounts of federal funds.[1]

        PC receives federal program money. Along with stealing RICO funds.

        Passed in 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law designed to combat organized crime in the United States. It allows prosecution and civil penalties for racketeering activity performed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise.

      • The following are examples of the approximate $500,000 of financial transactions affecting interstate and foreign commerce that were designed in whole or in part to conceal and disguise the nature, location, source, ownership, and control of the proceeds of specified unlawful activity:

        $500,000?

  12. “We have reached a just outcome in this case.” What a load of crap. Where is repayment of the theft? Did he not perjure himself in the past by lying about his involvement?

    And then he has to promise NOT to go back to work for PC? Why because those idiots would hire him back and expose us to more theft?

    This is insanity.

  13. This entire thing was a joke. What a waste of money – for what? Microwave, chalk board, stuff to help his employees, *not himself* … whatever guys – the so-called “whistle-blowing” cry-baby traitors attempted to ruin a good guys reputation – shame on you. Those of us that know, know better. May the Lord have Mercy on you when your number is up.

  14. Tell me it isn’t so that he gets to keep his pension we paid for while he stole from the victims of crime. Oh BTW Barbara La Stonewall approved every one of those transactions.

    Curiously did he spend 1 minute in jail.

  15. Gee, the fix is in. What a crock of steaming s&&t. Justice at its finest. The man will get a fine and probation and gee, can’t work for Pima County again. What about the “others” It just wasn’t under his watch. But then again, the Feds don’t even care about Pima County. We are so screwed. BTW, what about his boss Nanos and Dumnuts? They were involved too in this deal. Wonder how much he got in the backroom for his plea deal and on top of that gets to keep his pension. How about that.

      • Funny this will never draw an angry mob. They are busy being angry about things they don’t understand. MSM tells them when to be angry and the country is just about tired of it.

  16. President Trump and Attorney General Sessions need to replace the U. S. Attorney for our area. Pleading down SEVEN FELONIES to THREE MISDEMEANORS for crimes committed by one employed at the highest levels of LAW ENFORCEMENT in Pima County would be laughable if it were not so demoralizing to those of us who believe the rule of law is the founding principle of our way of life and constitutional government.

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