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Indictment against former Pima County Chief Deputy released

Former Chief Deputy Chris Radtke (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department) Former Chief Deputy Chris Radtke (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The US Attorney's Office in Salt Lake City has released the indictment against former Pima County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Chris Radtke, who resigned on Monday, Oct. 10, as news of the indictment was made public.

He is facing one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and six counts of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds.

Those funds have rules and regulations for how they must be spent. 

Radtke is accused of knowingly disguising and diverting the money seized from criminals to the Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers (SAV) account, but the funds were allegedly used by the Sheriff’s Office.

According to the indictment, the money was approved to pay for items like:

  • A new microwave oven for the breakroom at the Sheriff’s Office
  • Materials to assemble a Santa sleigh for the annual awards banquet
  • Artwork for the chalkboard at the Sheriff’s Office cafe  
  • Two model airplanes for more than $600, including shipping

The potential penalties for the charges are up to 20 years and $500,000 for the money laundering and up to 10 years and $250,000 per count for the theft.

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