Something has been simmering under the surface in Arizona for years.
Democrat Katie Hobbs secured her position as governor after spending most of her campaign avoiding Republican candidate Kari Lake.
But now Hobbs is in deep trouble as the Arizona political machine becomes embroiled in a stunning scandal.
Arizona’s Democrat Governor Katie Hobbs managed to secure her seat against all odds, but now it looks like her problems are just beginning.
California-based Harris/Thaler Law Corporation has been digging into all kinds of jaw-dropping shady deals.
And they have accused Hobbs, Democrat Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, Runbeck Election Services, and numerous other elected officials in the state of Arizona of accepting bribes from members of the Sinaloa cartel.
The stunning accusations were made during a hearing of the Arizona state Senate Elections and Municipal Oversight Joint Committee.
During her testimony Harris/Thaler Law’s lead investigator, Jacqueline Breger, claimed that Arizona officials are neck deep in corrupt money laundering schemes.
“In 2006, the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa investigated the laundering of drug cartel monies through a complex series of single-family home purchases in those states,” Breger testified. “By 2009, numerous real estate agents, escrow companies and title insurers had been indicted, charged and convicted of racketeering. In 2014, our office was asked to review the case files and to determine whether monies from the sales of the properties had filtered to property purchases in Arizona, specifically in Maricopa and Pima County.”
Founded in 1987, the Sinaloa cartel remains Mexico’s most powerful cartel—even with former leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman behind bars.
Breger claims real estate agents “had set up a laundering system in Arizona and thereafter had transferred the proceeds of sales to Panamanian Corporations.”
According to the law group, Harris/Thaler discovered fraudulent behavior on the part of Arizona while working on something unrelated.
“To date, more than 10,000 falsified documents have been recorded with the Maricopa County Recorder,” Breger explained. “We estimate that more than 35,000 warranty deeds/trust deeds evidencing fraudulent transactions exist in the database.”
John Thayer of Harris/Thaler Law also noted that the city of “Mesa is a racketeering enterprise.”
“I would tell you at this point that we have police officers… we have a mayor of the city of Mesa, we have city council members, we have at least three supervisors in Maricopa County with problems, we have at least 25 percent — and it’s really a much higher number but we’re still running investigations on this — but about 25 percent of the judiciary in Arizona has bribery issues and racketeering issues… and then judicial assistants, and other officials such as clerks and lawyers who are directly associated with the judicial operations,” Thayer asserted.
No matter how much she wants to, Hobbs is going to have a lot of trouble trying to put this cat back in the bag.
These accusations point toward massive corruption within the Arizona political machine—and the biggest question now is exactly what still hasn’t been revealed.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.