Pinal County jail audit sparks accusations - Tucson News Now

Pinal County jail audit sparks accusations

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By Lindsey Collom / The Arizona Republic

FLORENCE, AZ - Pinal County supervisors are defending County Manager Fritz Behring in response to the county sheriff's claim that Behring interfered with the audit of a money-losing contract to hold immigration detainees at the jail.

Sheriff Paul Babeu told Republican precinct captains in a meeting last week that Behring pressured staff members to manipulate financial data in a draft report of an audit. Specifically, Babeu alleged that auditors omitted nearly $2million in annual jail revenues from the report at Behring's direction.

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