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PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Attorney for Arizona has found no evidence that Arizona's pension fund for public safety workers committed criminal misconduct when it valued some real estate properties in its $6.2 billion portfolio, pension officials announced Monday.
The board chairman for the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, Brian Tobin, said the decision by the US Attorney for Arizona closes the books on the yearlong investigation of the pension fund.
The FBI and U.S. attorney's office launched the probe last year into whether real estate values were inflated to boost performance bonuses awarded to some senior investment managers. The allegations were brought to the attention of prosecutors by former pension system employees.
"This was and is a serious allegation," Tobin said. "It's not true and it never was true."
Tobin said the investigation, and two others done by its independent auditing firm and the Arizona Auditor General that also cleared the pension fund, are examples of the system's checks and balances working correctly.
Board lawyer James Belanger said the Justice Department is completing a review of several people he would not identify. But he said he expects they'll be cleared as well.
The pension plan released a letter from the U.S. attorney to Belanger confirming the decision. Cosme Lopez, spokesman for U.S. Attorney for Arizona John Leonardo, confirmed the contents of the letter but could not comment on any additional reviews.
The pension plan for public safety employees is facing a massive shortfall between its assets and what it expects to owe police and firefighters across the state when they retire. The latest projection as of June 30 shows $12.2 billion in liabilities compared to just $6.2 billion in assets.
The pension board also fired its top administrator, Jim Hacking, in July after it was revealed that he had illegally awarded pay raises to five senior employees.
Daniel Lewis Hendon, the former owner of Danny's Family Car Wash, has been sentenced to prison. Authorities say Hendon, broke the law by rehiring workers who were fired after a federal audit found nearly half of the company's 1,900-person workforce had presented insufficient or ineligible records when they were hired. Thirteen other managers admitted participation in the scheme, and most were sentenced to a few months in prison.
PHOENIX - The former owner of a metro Phoenix car wash chain was sentenced to one year in prison and another year of home confinement for his acknowledged role in a scheme to hire hundreds of workers who weren't in the country legally.
A senior from Williams Field High School is one of just two musicians from Arizona — and the first in school history — who will march in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade later this month.
Q: Would you say your district is delivering quality services now and what, if any, changes would you make?
Disney will be looking for college students and performers interested in becoming Disney characters on Sunday, Oct. 5, at Dance Studio 111 in Ahwatukee Foothills.
New water conservation initiatives enacted by Tempe’s city council earlier this month will reduce water use by an estimated 780 million gallons of water per year by 2020, although it will inevitably raise the price of the water for residents and businesses.
Disney Live is bringing a new musical performance to US Airways Center on Sept. 27 and 28, where Disney characters will dance and sing in an interactive performance. In addition to the traditional characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, the show will feature characters from “Aladdin,” “Toy Story” and “The Little Mermaid.” Aladdin will be performed by 22-year-old Anthony Gonzales, who said he is excited to play Disney’s street urchin.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rates the relative quality of the private plans that are offered to Medicare beneficiaries through the Medicare Advantage program. CMS rates Medicare Advantage plans on a one- to five-star scale, the highest quality being five stars. This star rating provides an overall measure of the plan’s quality and is an indication of the quality of care, access to care, responsiveness, and beneficiary satisfaction provided by the Medicare Advantage plan. This means that the higher the star rating a plan receives, the more likely you are to receive the care you need, when and where you need it - and most of all, you are more likely to be satisfied with your plan.
A federal judge has accepted the guilty plea of the owner of a Phoenix-area car wash chain who acknowledged turning a blind eye to illegal hiring at his business.
Youth American Ballet Company will host an audition this Saturday to recruit dancers for a series of performances.
Tempe native Blake Webb spent three years in marketing before deciding to pursue his dream of acting and move to Los Angeles. Acting clichés aside, it took a while for Webb to begin his professional acting journey, but the two years he’s been in the business have been busy with independent films, shorts and even a play, and has produced a résumé loaded with lead roles.
After signing a letter of intent to be acquired by Arizona State University, one of the state’s top business schools faces a hurdle that has hindered it in the past.
The “Interrupteds” are remodeling, which is a pleasant way of saying that we have ripped off the back end of our house and have been single-handedly air-conditioning the neighborhood for the last month or so.
“The next time the IRS asks for more than 1 or 2 years of records tell them, ‘Sorry, I lost them in a hard drive crash’ and walk away. They seem to think it is good enough for them.”
Leah Henthorne, 13, was a mere spectator to one of Copperstar Repertory Company’s shows three years ago.
The city of Mesa Fleet Services Department won the Best Fleet in the Nation award on June 4 in San Diego, Calif.
BE School of Dance will host its annual intensive summer dance program from June 2 through June 26 in Gilbert.
Top legislative leaders are telling Gov. Jan Brewer she can have the money she wants for child welfare — but not all at once.
Facing calls to resign, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said Thursday that he hopes to have a preliminary report within three weeks on how widespread treatment delays and falsified patient scheduling reports are at VA facilities nationwide, following allegations that up to 40 veterans may have died while awaiting treatment at the Phoenix VA center.
NEW YORK — U.K.-born and bred Cat Deeley has found a place in Hollywood, thanks to hosting the Fox dance competition show, "So You Think You Can Dance," which will launch its 11th season next month.