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PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Jayme Valenzuela, the former Mayor of the Town of
Superior, pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Theft, a class 6 undesignated felony. In July 2016, a State Grand Jury indicted Valenzuela on one count of theft.
The investigation began when the Superior Town Council hired an auditor who determined Mayor Valenzuela used the town’s debit card on eight separate occasions to obtain more than $2,300 in cash between August 2013 and December 2014. Two of the withdrawals were at the Wild Horse Pass Casino, and the other six withdrawals occurred at various bank machines in Maricopa and Pinal Counties. Valenzuela repaid the funds after the audit was complete.
Valenzuela is scheduled to be sentenced on May 3rd, 2017. He faces a probation term of up to 3 years under the terms of his plea agreement.
Assistant Attorney General Adam J. Schwartz prosecuted this case.