Radtke Sentenced To Probation, Community Service In Pima County RICO Case

Chris Radtke

On Friday, former Pima County Sheriff Chief Deputy Chris Radtke received a slap on the wrist after pleading guilty to three misdemeanors. Radtke was sentenced to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service after admitting to misusing Pima County Sheriff’s Department RICO funds.

Radtke must also pay a $3,000 fine.

Radtke was accused of misspending $500,000, but was allowed to plead down to three misdemeanor charges.

In February, Pima County Sheriff Napier said he was disappointed that Radtke’s “egregious criminal violation of public trust resulted in only a misdemeanor plea agreement with potentially an extremely light sanction.”

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.

14 Comments on "Radtke Sentenced To Probation, Community Service In Pima County RICO Case"

  1. Wonder if it is unsupervised probation? Bet it is. SSDD in Pima County. The legal system had a chance to send a message and failed miserably. How utterly pathetic. So its OK to lie and steal if you are a public official. This shows you can get away with it. As a society I am very afraid we have lost our way and there is really no turning back. It will get worse.

  2. jdfast,

    As bad as it is we can”t give up.

  3. David Thompson | May 6, 2017 at 7:40 am |

    PIMA COUNTY aka PIMA CORRUPTION lead By the Chuckster and his personal attorney Babs LaWall.

    Make no mistake they are not public servants. Chuck failed in private business but became the CEO of Pima County and one of the highest paid county administrators in the United States.

    Congrats Pima County voters!!!!!!!!!!

  4. How did this happen? I thought they were federal indictments.

  5. It’s sad how a couple of individuals at the top have tarnished the reputation of an otherwise good department with many many hard-working dedicated good employees including civilians, corrections, and all of the deputy sheriffs Radtk’s arrogant self serving attitude made him think he was untouchable. He also thought that he was a jobs program for all his friends and relatives that could not make it without being paid by the taxpayer. Everything always comes full circle,

  6. Mark Napier | May 6, 2017 at 9:06 am |

    Folks, please do not see this terrible incident as any representation of the nearly 1500 men and women that work for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. This was a result of the actions of a few at the top. We all can and should be outraged by this plea agreement. This was a significant violation of the public trust that should have resulted in a more serious sanction.
    We will be examining what our next steps forward might be. We need to ensure that we have addressed all bad acts and held all those who broke the law accountable. We hope that the FBI investigation did so. However, it seems that the criminal conspiracy may have been wider and we need to be certain.

    Sheriff Napier

  7. This is all very nice here we see maybe $25,000 out of half a million and three misdemeanors. 100 hours punching free parking for sheriffs deputies downtown like old home days.
    I believe taking another look by an outside agency (FBI) on the Gagnapain murder would clear a dark cloud shake the dirt out of the rug so to speak.

  8. Bill Holden | May 6, 2017 at 9:43 am |

    The AUSA out of Utah in this case is an Obama appointee. Look for the AZ to Utah liberal political connection, that will explain this travesty. He will still be collecting about 75% of a $140,000+ yearly salary, how ’bout them apples?

    • Well there is the argument that he might of earned that pension. Then we see Boykin previous sheriff of 4 years get a salary for 20 years with medical and pension benefits nobody say him didn’t know who he was never pulled a shift or seen a duty assigned. This is the pay off people I have no doubt that the US Atty assigned gave immunity to keep their mouth shut another narco bait the trap deny when innocents get caught. Same as Radtke STFU and you can keep your pension but what if all the top was involved in a criminal conspiracy then pensions are off the table and cant be plead included. All of the pensions would go the the victims recovery law yea hows that sound.

  9. Richard Hernandez | May 6, 2017 at 11:06 am |

    The fix is in, bet all of you know that in advance. Who to take responsibility the real culprit say, The Sheriff Nanos & Dupnick? How about the person had oversight say the County Attorney what her name anyone? I bet it not a stretch at all include the Leadership and subordinates ( Huckleberry & gang).

    This is huge miscarriage of justice. It about membership I. The good ole boys club, imagine…

  10. Still Afraid | May 7, 2017 at 8:10 am |

    I give Sheriff Napier a lot of credit for doing his job and calling this exactly what it is. PCSD will fight the problem and move on. Tucson Fire Department on the other hand has many problems, domestic violence one of them, and the Chief at TFD, softens it up with a mental illness spin, even when people are being murdered by Captains.
    Search: Fred Bair

  11. And folks say that the judicial system is not corrupted! How can you get a misdomener out of a FELONY and no JAIL time? Gotta get rid of the libs at all levels if you want to have an almost level playing field. There are many rino’s who need to be outed also.

  12. Vintageman | May 7, 2017 at 8:51 pm |

    it’s really time to move on from here. It’s more important that the system is fixed and that there’s better oversight from all the agencies involved. I am sure many people at top levels knew what was going on including the County manager and the county attorney’s office. This has been going on for years and it was no real secret. Nearly all the funds were used to benefit the department as a whole as a means to circumvent the cumbersome county pro cure meant system that often required buying things at inflated prices until Radtke put his fingers in it and started using the money to benefit his relatives and buy toys for himself. Was that wrong, sure was. But it was not the crime of the century. Radtke needed to go and he’s gone and no longer a player in law-enforcement to the relief of many. He probably should’ve gotten a larger fine, more community service hours, and be barred from working in government. In addition to probation

  13. If Radtke still gets his pension, that is just SO WRONG!
    Didn’t he resign? Sure has set a precedent.
    Prayers to soften an evil heart of stone.
    May he leave the City in disgrace.

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