Small victory for Arpaio in ongoing feud with Board of Supervisors

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PHOENIX (AP) - Maricopa County officials say Sheriff Joe Arpaio may be keeping a shadow set of books that has allowed him to pay deputies' salaries with money voters intended to be used for jail operations.

The county Board of Supervisors heard from auditors during a meeting on Monday that the amount improperly paid out of a dedicated "jail enhancement fund" could amount to $50 million over the past four years in the worst case.

Board chairman Don Stapley says the sheriff had stonewalled county financial officials for nearly two years as officials tried to get to the bottom of discrepancies in how the special jail fund was being spent.

Supervisors planned to hold a hearing where Arpaio might be found in contempt for not handing over financial documents the county sought, but a judge put that on hold Monday.

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