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Law enforcement predicts asset seizures won’t be curbed by reforms

Despite being hailed as a landmark series of reforms by proponents, law enforcement officials from around the state say changes enacted this year to Arizona’s civil asset forfeiture program won’t do much to curb the ability of police to seize cash and property from those they suspect of breaking the law.... Read more»1

Atty General to investigate Pima Sheriff's Dep't use of RICO funds

The Arizona Attorney General's Office has agreed to review whether any state laws have been violated by the Pima County Sheriff's Department use of RICO funds. The probe follows the sentencing of ex-Chief Deputy Chris Radtke on federal charges over the department's use of seized funds... Read more»

Legislature taking up major civil asset forfeiture reforms

In the wake of a yearlong investigation that found lax oversight of the program that allowed Arizona law enforcement to seize $200 million from people suspected of committing crimes and spend more than half of it on general operations, the Legislature is considering a measure that would fundamentally alter how police can take a private citizen’s money or property. ... Read more»

Profits of policing: Az asset seizures net $200M in past 5 years

Civil asset forfeiture laws let Arizona police seize tens of millions of dollars in cash and property each year, even if suspected criminals aren’t convicted, and with little oversight of how the proceeds are spent.... Read more»

Court filing: Indicted PCSD official Radtke acting 'on behalf of employer'

Christopher Radtke, a former chief deputy with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department scheduled to go to trial Jan. 24 on federal theft and money laundering charges, will argue he was “acting within the lawful scope and authority of his employment.”... Read more»

Radtke pleads not guilty to misusing RICO funds

A former high-ranking member of the Pima County Sheriff's Department entered a "not guilty" plea in federal court Friday. Chris Radtke, the ex-chief deputy, is charged with seven counts related to alleged misuse of civil forfeiture funds, including purchases to benefit an employee cafe run by his niece.... Read more»

Radtke indictment unsealed: Pima's chief deputy accused of $500k in laundering, theft

In an indictment that was unsealed Wednesday, the former chief deputy of the Pima County Sheriff's Department is accused of conspiring to launder money and six counts of theft of public funds, totaling more than a half-million dollars over five years. Chris Radtke resigned Monday following the federal charges.... Read more»2

Nanos attacks critics, calls Carmona a 'blatant liar'

Beset by accusations that he is responsible for a "broken leadership culture" at the Pima County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Chris Nanos defended himself during a press conference Wednesday and called Dr. Richard Carmona, a 30-year veteran of the agency, a "blatant liar" with "anger issues" and "barely anything more than a wannabe deputy."... Read more»

PCSD's Chief Deputy Radtke indicted for RICO funds misuse

The second in command of the Pima County Sheriff's Department, Chief Deputy Chris Radtke, has resigned his post after being indicted for misusing RICO funds forfeited by alleged criminal organizations. ... Read more»3

Could the Vatican face racketeering charges for harboring abusive clergy?

The RICO Act was designed to combat organized crime groups like the Mafia. But a growing number of advocates in the U.S. see the recent FIFA investigation as a precedent for a possible criminal investigation into the Holy See’s role in child sexual abuse cases.... Read more»