MCSO turns over 70 boxes of documents to county following judge's order

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – After eight months of court battles and $100,000 in legal fees, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has turned over five years worth of financial records to the county board of supervisors.

MCSO turned over 70 boxes filled with documents. Sheriff Joe Arpaio initially resisted handing over the information, but last week a judge ruled he had to obey with the subpoena.

The board of supervisors is investigating potential misuse of funds. Among the main concerns is that the sheriff’s department allegedly used hundreds of thousands of dollars meant for jail maintenance and construction to pay deputies' salaries.

Cari Gerchick, Communications Director for Maricopa County, says, “We have indications, objective indications, that there may have been public funds misspent and that is of great concern to the Board. The Board has a legal obligation to make sure that public monies are appropriately spent.”

The board of supervisors says it will hire an additional analyst to help sift through all of the records.