Arpaio's conspiracy claims dismissed by Feds

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX -- Federal prosecutors released information Thursday suggesting that after completing their investigation they have not found nothing to support Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's conspiracy claims.

In March, Arpaio and then-County Attorney Andrew Thomas said they believed there was a massive conspiracy against them the Board of Supervisors, judges and county workers, among others.  So, Arpaio and Thomas looked to a special unit at the Department of Justice to review nine public corruption investigations.

The special unit, called the public integrity section of the U.S. Department of Justice, did not agreed to review the matters. Instead, they sent the case to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office issued this statement in a letter to Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley as to their findings:

"Our review has shown that there is a total lack of evidence of the commission of any federal crimes by the individual listed in the materials. Furthermore, in several instances, the evidence was so lacking as to make the theory of liability nearly incomprehensible."

Romley said the investigation isn't over. The Navajo County attorney will most likely pick up the case.

Romley also said he's been asked by the U.S. Attorney's Office to deputize some federal prosecutors to help the state's case against Arpaio and Thomas in regards to the abuse of power case against them.