Seven political activists claiming their civil rights were violated are getting nearly $475,000 from Maricopa County.
The seven were arrested and cited for protesting against Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration policies.
The settlement was nine times more than what the county's self- insured trust had originally authorized in February.
Memos show the money figure is significantly higher than what the county planned to offer just days before the settlement.
A county spokeswoman said the county's goal was to "minimize taxpayer exposure" and settling the case was far less expensive that going to trial.
Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy David Hendershott called the settlement a "fraud on the taxpayers." He said the county should have settled for far less or forced the activists to go to court.