For the first time since one of the largest corruption cases ever against Maricopa County leaders was officially dropped, we are hearing from Former Deputy County Attorney Lisa Aubuchon.
"I have been villainized and my name has been smeared," Aubuchon said.
She spoke only to ABC15 about how she feels her reputation will forever be tarnished.
"I feel like no one has listened to what I have to say," Aubuchon said sadly.
Her world began crumbling in April of this year, after losing her law license over corruption allegations.
"I was the perfect employee by all accounts then all of a sudden I'm this horrid unethical person," Aubuchon proclaimed proudly.
A three-member disciplinary panel of the Arizona State Supreme Court disbarred Aubuchon, along with her former boss, County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Former Deputy County Attorney Rachel Alexander's law license was suspended for six months and one day.
"I think there is a culture of corruption in Arizona especially in Maricopa County," Aubuchon claimed.
The panel ruled Aubuchon and Thomas acted with dishonesty for the sole purpose of embarrassing political rivals.
"For 20 years I was a government employee," Aubuchon said. "I had exceptional evaluations. I was promoted three different times under three different administrations."
Just before Labor Day, the Justice Department cleared Thomas and Aubuchon.
"I've gone back and forth emotionally between being relieved certain things are over to being angry," Aubuchon explained.
Angry because she claims she got wrapped up in all the politics.
"The judge came out and acted like I was lying about the whole thing without any shred of evidence to say so," Aubuchon pointed out. "I mean it was complete defamation but of course he has immunity because he's in a judicial setting."
Several top deputies who once worked for Thomas testified they had advised against the prosecutions of judges and elected officials.
But when ABC 15 News asked Aubuchon if she did anything criminal while investigating County Supervisors Mary Rose Wilcox and Donald Stapley, she said plainly, "I was just doing my job."
"Two different grand juries indicted Donald Stapley and Mary Rose Wilcox, no one seems to care about that. Instead they just want to pay her off a million dollars it just doesn't make sense to me," Aubuchon said shaking her head.
She's now appealing the panel's decision while desperately trying to repair her reputation.
"I'm not going away," Aubuchon said. "If the Supreme Court doesn't make this right, I will go to the U.S. Supreme Court."
To say Aubuchon is bitter would be an understatement.
"I want to clear my name first of all," Aubuchon said. "I'd like to get my job back. I had a substantial loss of income for a long time. That's really damaged us in terms of our credit, in terms of our house we may lose our house because of all that we've been through."
Before the Justice Department closed the corruption case due to "lack of evidence," Aubuchon said she thought the worst.
"Should I jump off a bridge? Is my life insurance policy [going to] cover suicide? You always have those thoughts when these type of things are getting to you, but you step back and say what's really important," Aubuchon said, smiling. "The people that stand by you and your family and friends and they know that you did nothing wrong."
Friends, she said, like Andrew Thomas.
"I don't feel that he did anything wrong and I feel that we all should be vindicated and that this need to be made right," insisted Aubuchon.
She said she's having a hard time trusting the justice system and believes she's owed some apologies.
"The court system I think owes me an apology," Aubuchon said firmly. "I think the County Attorney's office owes me an apology, the Board of Supervisors owes me an apology."
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