Stanton’s onetime pal pleads guilty to felony

Powerful union lobbyist father pulls support from Stanton’s campaign

Mindy Shields, daughter of Democrat operative, powerful lobbyist and former fire fighter’s union boss Billy Shields, has pleaded guilty to the theft of $77,134 while treasurer of Greg Stanton’s campaign. Stanton intended the money in the Friends of Greg Stanton account to be used for his mayoral race.

With a plea deal Mindy Shields faces a lesser Class 6 felony sentence of up to 2 years in prison rather than the originally charged Class 2 felony, which carries a maximum prison term of 12.5 years.

Sentencing of Melinda Jeannette “Mindy” Shields is scheduled for September 19.

When Stanton realized he had been the victim of massive theft and she admitted to being the culprit, he said he hired an accountant to make sure the account was repaid. And wouldn’t you know? Most of the money was mysteriously “restored” — by her parents. Daddy is now calling that restored money “a loan.”

At one point, lawyer Stanton who went to work for then-Attorney General Terry Goddard after leaving his council position, wanted the embezzlement charges 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. Any Democrat candidate with hopes of filling his campaign coffers doesn’t want Papa Shields as an enemy — even though he was “stunned and saddened” by the revelations regarding his sticky-fingered daughter.

And Papa Shields? Obviously not thrilled by the turn of events, Billy endorsed Democrat Stanton’s opponent, Claude Mattox in the mayor‘s race.

9 Responses to Stanton’s onetime pal pleads guilty to felony

  1. Seen It All says:

    Cross Billy Shields and you get dirt kicked in your face and your political aspirations dashed. Bye, Bye Greg.

  2. Vince says:

    Yeah. Greg Stanton should have sucked it up and kept his mouth shut about the missing $77,134. He obviously never watched “The Sopranos.” He’ll just lose the election. Crossing da mob, it’s usually much worse.

  3. MacBeth says:

    Since when do you “hire an accountant” to make sure theft is repaid? Stanton’s a lawyer. He should know enough to call the police and file a criminal complaint.

  4. garvan says:

    Liberals stealing from liberals: now that’s a new twist!

  5. Orion says:

    Why would anyone, liberal or conservative, hire a Democrat to oversee money? A real recipe for disaster!!

  6. American Dad says:

    I read today that Stanton has outpaced the fundraising of all of the others in this race. He’s a Democrat, so the liberal unionists who reliably turn out for these elections want to maintain the status quo. Those would be the city employees who received “retention” bonuses out of that despicable food tax imposed on Phoenix residents, city of Phoenix police and firefighters and your kid’s teachers who are members of a mega union that recently voted to raise their own dues in order to give more contributions to Obama’s 2012 campaign.

    • garvan says:

      Speaking of firefighters, doesn’t Rural/Metro provide fire protection at half the per-capita cost of the Phx F.D.?

  7. Sideliner says:

    Does his fundraising include the questionable “repayment” of the theft by Billy Shield’s crook daughter?

  8. gene says:

    another example of “keeping it in the family”?