Dem Ben Arredondo pleads guilty to two felonies, faces prison

Democrat state legislator Ben Arredondo has pleaded guilty to two felonies related to public corruption in federal court today. Each felony count carries a maximum prison sentence of up to 20 years and $250,000 in fines. Up to $50,000 in restitution could also apply.

His plea deal includes his resignation from the Arizona Legislature.

Arredondo, 65, a former 16-year Tempe City Councilman, later elected in 2010 to Legislative District 17 (prior to redistricting),  accepted bribes in exchange for services and “defrauded the residents of Tempe and Arizona,” according to the judge.

Arredondo solicited donations for a college scholarship he had set up for needy students and then gave nearly $50,000 from it to help his relatives attend Arizona colleges.

Seeing Red AZ covered his indictment HERE. He also tested positive for amphetamines.

Although caught in an FBI sting, his lawyer continued to allege that the charges against him were “manufactured.”  In May 2012, Arredondo even pleaded not guilty to federal counts of bribery, mail fraud, lying and extortion. At the time, his lawyer Jose Montano called him “a dedicated public official targeted by the government in D.C.”  He said, “Ben Arredondo is not for sale.”

We’re guessing Montano probably didn’t know his client.

Anticipating the news, Arredondo’s legislative bio and photo have already been removed. He joins two other Democrats who have resigned from the House while under investigation.

Sentencing will take place on January 22, 2013.

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4 Responses to Dem Ben Arredondo pleads guilty to two felonies, faces prison

  1. Doc says:

    Hmmm…I got A WHOLE LIST OF CRIMINAL dim’s that need this SAME RESULT…all th’ way to th’ top!

    …eeewww…gonna’ start doin’ things “Chicago Style” huh? How’s that workin’ for ya’?

  2. MacBeth says:

    Ben Arredondo is a creep who stole not only from the taxpayers, but from the needy who he claimed to be helping. Then, on a roll, he coninued to lie. There’s a very special place for such thieves.

  3. Observer says:

    It’s hilarious that Arredondo’s lawyer said his morally bankrupt client was “targeted by the government in D.C.” Why would the deceptive Democrats in control of DC at the moment, be targeting another deceptive Democrat?

  4. dissident says:

    That’s 3 down and more to go!