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Sheriff’s Office accused of misspending jail funds

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is accused by county managers of misspending $50 million in funds intended for county jails.

The Arizona Republic says the county’s Office of Management and Budget found the Sheriff’s Office tapped the money to pay for functions not allowed under jail-fund rules including salaries for deputies who worked on public-corruption investigations into county supervisors and judges.

The findings will be presented publicly at 10 a.m. Wednesday to the Board of Supervisors.

The Republic says the county’s report will cover problems dating back about four years and involving travel, use of county credit cards and extradition trips.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Brian Lee says the office will continue to meet and work with county budget officials to try and resolve the discrepancies.

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