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Grand jury investigates Paul Babeu’s use of RICO funds as Pinal County sheriff

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By Robert Anglen | The Republic

A federal grand jury is investigating how the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office handled profits from seized property under former Sheriff Paul Babeu.

Newly elected Sheriff Mark Lamb was ordered by subpoena to deliver records to the grand jury “evidencing misuse of county, state or federal RICO funds by Pinal County Sheriff’s Office employees.”

The subpoena seeks eight years of files, spreadsheets, accounting documents, emails and any other internal records concerning RICO funds from 2008 to 2016, when Babeu was in office.

The grand jury probe is a criminal investigation, according to a letter from Elizabeth Strange, the acting U.S. attorney for Arizona.

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