Gowan administration ducks criminal charges for doctoring public records

David Gowan /Photo by Rachel Leingang/Arizona Capitol Times

By Rachel Leingang | Arizona Capitol Times

The attorney general’s office announced today it will not be charging anyone in former House Speaker David Gowan’s administration for doctoring public records.

Records that ultimately showed the Arizona House of Representatives had inappropriately paid for some lawmakers’ and staffers’ expenses were eventually turned over to Capitol Times, Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office concluded.

Because the records were obtained, albeit at a much later date and by a different administration, there was no way to criminally prosecute the person responsible for altering the records and not promptly turning over documents used in a database’s creation.

State statutes prohibit falsifying public documents, and concealing or hiding a public record. The actions are a class 6 felony.

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