Don’t be misled by the anorexic edition of this morning’s daily. Though slim as a rail, it is still chock full of mesmerizing items. Topping the list is the article detailing the desire of Phoenix mayoral candidate, Democrat Greg Stanton, to drop embezzling charges against his former campaign treasurer, Mindy Shields.
Mindy Shields is the daughter of Democrat operative, lobbyist and former fire fighter’s union boss Billy Shields. As the longtime treasurer of Greg Stanton’s political accounts, Mindy Shields admitted to the theft of $77,134 for personal use. When he realized he had been the victim of massive theft, Stanton said he hired an accountant to make sure the account was repaid. And wouldn’t you know? Most of the money has been mysteriously “restored.”
Now that the filched campaign donations have been repaid, Stanton wants the embezzlement case against the daughter of his powerful friend dropped. But criminal charges, once filed, are not contingent upon the victim’s change of heart — or in this case, a reevaluation of the impact on his future campaign fundraising. As a lawyer who worked for former Attorney General Terry Goddard, Stanton should know that.
Seeing Red AZ covered the intrigue last December, in a post titled: Is this a good idea? Dems in charge of other Dem’s money. Candidate Stanton, with hopes of filling his campaign coffers doesn’t want Papa Shields as an enemy — even though he was “stunned and saddened” by the revelation regarding his sticky-fingered daughter.
Phoenix City Council and Mayor’s elections masquerade as non-partisan events although they clearly are not.
Today’s daily reports that Mindy Shields is also suspected of submitting 12 false campaign reports with the Phoenix City Clerk’s Office. False reporting can be prosecuted as perjury. In November, a grand jury issued subpoenas for bank statements, canceled checks and other financial documents relating to the case.