Don Stapley re-arrested on 93 felony allegations

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
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PHOENIX - County Supervisor Don Stapley has been re-arrested by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office on 93 new felonies and seven misdemeanors.

According to Lindsey Smith with MCSO, Stapley has been processed into Fourth Avenue Jail and was arraigned Monday afternoon.

MCSO said he was taken into custody in the downtown county parking garage at 9:30 a.m. During the arrest he appeared agitated and said to deputies, "You've got to be kidding me."

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said this new investigation began as a result of information uncovered by his deputies earlier this year.

The 93 felony allegations are for fraudulent schemes involving his mortgage and loan businesses, campaign account fraud, tax return fraud and campaign fraud. The campaign fraud alleges Stapley used campaign funds to pay personal bills and put money in personal accounts.

This separate from the 118-count indictment handed up in December which charged Stapley with failing to disclose involvement in a wide variety of land deals, business associations and business assets.

A judge threw out 52 of the counts in August. The Yavapai County prosecutor overseeing the case asked a judge to drop the 66 remaining charges on Friday while he appealed the earlier ruling.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.