Tested positive for amphetamines; claimed to treat ADHD, narcolepsy
With his lawyer alleging that the charges against him are “manufactured,” Democrat state Rep. Ben Arredondo, 63, pleaded not guilty today to federal counts of bribery, fraud and extortion.
A July 3, 2012 trial date in Federal Court has been set for the former Tempe city councilman, and current state representative who has been allowed to remain on his own recognizance while awaiting trial. He was elected to the state House representing LD 17 in 2010.
Not content to leave well enough alone, Arredondo’s lawyer called him “a dedicated public official targeted by the government in D.C.” He said, “Ben Arredondo is not for sale.”
Would that be the same federal government led by fellow liberal Barack Obama?
Arredondo was caught in an FBI sting. According to the indictment we covered on May 16, he accepted gifts and thousands of dollars in game tickets to sporting events in 2009 and 2010 in exchange for the promise of brokering property deals while serving as a Tempe councilman. Arredondo is charged with two counts of mail fraud and one count each of bribery, attempted extortion and false statements.
The daily reports Arredondo was required to surrender his passport. The federal magistrate noted that Arredondo had tested positive for amphetamines, but said that was common for people taking Adderall, a drug used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy.
The indictment (courtesy of the AZ Capitol Times) can be read here. Curiously his usually vocal fellow legislative Democrats have been mum regarding issuing a call for him to step down.