Open Letter: Pima County Sheriff Napier Requests State Investigation Of Rico Fund Misuse

From Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier:

Prior to my taking office there was an extensive federal investigation into the misuse of RICO funds at the department. This resulted in a single person being indicted on several federal felonies. In February, Mr. Radtke pled guilty to federal misdemeanor violations and was sentenced to probation. During the sentencing, it was revealed that a criminal conspiracy existed at the department for nearly two decades with respect to the inappropriate use of RICO funds.

Some in the community and within my department feel that others may have culpability, and the sanction provided was inadequate given the scope and apparent vast nature of the offense. Since the sentencing, I have reviewed many RICO records and discussed this matter with the FBI on numerous occasions. The federal investigation reviewed the evidence from a federal law enforcement perspective. The present question is whether this investigation completely addressed all criminal conduct and bad actors from a state perspective. Further, what, if any, additional avenues could be appropriately explored to ensure public confidence in the resolution of the matter. This has been a laborious process and has involved a lot of deliberation.

After extensively conferring with the FBI, obtaining legal advice, and doing considerable research, it appears there may be another avenue available that could be explored. The Doctrine of Dual Sovereignty would allow for the review of this matter from a state perspective to determine whether state laws had been violated with respect to this conduct. This review would allow us to put to rest any additional speculation regarding dispensation of the matter and ensure public confidence in the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. Additionally, we could confidently declare that we exhausted every avenue available to us.

I have requested the Pima County Attorney’s Office to initiate a review of the evidence to determine whether any state laws have been violated. It is possible they will recuse themselves. In that event, I requested the matter be brought to the Arizona Attorney General for review. The FBI has assured me they will fully cooperate with any state level review and concur with this course of action.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department has a proud and distinguished 152-year record of service to our county. It is important that we put this matter behind us in the most appropriate and professional manner possible.

6 Comments on "Open Letter: Pima County Sheriff Napier Requests State Investigation Of Rico Fund Misuse"

  1. Thank You Sheriff Napier as the followup on whats happening on the RICO Misuse of funds. Perhaps a forensic audit of the sheriffs auxiliary accounts as well as the county atty’s allocation of them during that time. It does seem like a conflict and to recuse themselves would be the the only path. How about the DPS revue to the handling of the Gagnapain HMMM homicide and it’s procedural handling. How much if any was used to promote an election or proposition? Thanks again for an update Sheriff Napier

  2. Dwayne Wolfswinkle | June 23, 2017 at 6:16 am |

    From Above
    “I have requested the Pima County Attorney’s Office to initiate a review of the evidence to determine whether any state laws have been violated. It is possible they will recuse themselves. In that event, I requested the matter be brought to the Arizona Attorney General for review”

    First there is no guarantee that Babs LaWall will recuse her self. Although she participated in and likely benefited from the Misuse of funds.

    While you have good intentions I wouldn’t count on this attorney general doing the right thing.

  3. LaWall wants no part of this investigation. She didn’t help in the first one because she spent RICO money on election trinkets. Most everyone had their hand in the pile of RICO money and it continued unabated under Nanos leadership. One guy got probation of felonies? WTF. If it was you or me would be looking at years behind bars for stealing money.

  4. Jose Dominguez Gonarhea-Sanchez | June 23, 2017 at 8:02 am |

    LaWall will do everything in her power to continue to protect the legacies of the great Dipstick and his chosen successor the appointed not so great Numbnuts.
    I really have to believe that Napier is forced to call in outside help because LaWall is most likely tainted from this scandal. The entire county government seems to be above the law. It’s on par with finding burglars in your home, and advising them your calling the police only to have them respond with “we’re already here”…
    Perhaps an outside agency will be motivated to uncover the truth, it’s becoming very obvious that the local yokels insiders just wanted the cash, and the truth along with they’re professional integrity strangely went missing, along with the RICO money.

    • Exactly, The fox is already inside the henhouse with the fake chicken costume on. just waiting for the right time, taking a little bit at a time.

  5. A new broom sweeps clean!

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