Rep. Ben Arredondo: Another AZ Democrat indicted

A federal grand jury today sent up a true bill charging Legislative District 16 Democrat Rep. Ben Arredondo with bribery, fraud, attempted extortion and false statements for allegedly taking thousands of dollars in game tickets and other perks in exchange for brokering property deals in Tempe.

The former Tempe Councilman, who served in that capacity for 16 years, was caught in a sting conducted by the FBI.

Since his election to the AZ House of Representatives in 2010, he has focused on liberal issues, promoting the adoption of a state version of the amnesty-twin DREAM Act, and such pressing matters as Reproductive Rights Awareness Week.

The indictment can be read here, courtesy of the AZ Capitol Times.

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8 Responses to Rep. Ben Arredondo: Another AZ Democrat indicted

  1. Observer says:

    This news is not much of a surprise. His arrogance literally dripped from his fingertips. He thinks he’s smarter than anyone else in the room and teflon coated. Obviously not.

    • diogidog says:

      Another sow at the public trough. One little, two little, three little piggies … all nuzzling at the government-related tit. It’s a disgrace. Oh, this is Arizona, though …

      • Steve says:

        I have not a shred of respect for Ben Arredondo, but not all government workers are “sows at the public trough.” How do you expect offices to function? They are not all pencil pushers. Government has certainly grown too large, but there are many necessary functions — including lawmakers. Crooks are another story,

  2. Paul Marchant says:

    Arredondo was possibly the WORST high school football coach in AZ history and carried his ineptitude into Tempe. i only wish he would have remained a coach… for Tempe.

  3. Gabby says:

    I hate it when anybody gives a bad name to Latinos or Hispanics, I don’t care if they are Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Independents or Greens. Corruption is corruption and he should be held accountable. A bit of info for all voters out there, did you know that there are over 100 members of US Congress who are convicted felons? They cannot vote but they can make and pass laws for the rest of us?

    • Ajo Joe says:

      You make wild allegations. Back them up with facts. I’d like to see a list of those convicted felons and the crimes for which they served time. Felony convictions usually require prison time, you know. You might also toss in their party affiliations.

  4. Dennis O'Brien says:

    What a joke! Arredondo’s lawyer was quoted as saying “the indictment does nothing to take away from his lifetime of community service as a teacher, coach, councilman and legislator.” That’s like saying the hordes of child molesting priests shouldn’t be judged by their perverted sexual acts with innocent children but rather by the masses they performed.

  5. Saguaro Sam says:

    Sort of like Maricopa County politician Mary Rose Wilcox. For her “years of community service”, instead of actively working to make things better,she actively works to make enemies and then files lawsuits claiming “stress”.