City of Maricopa police detective, Jose Lizarraga, arrested for fraud, forgery and theft

FLORENCE, AZ - A City of Maricopa police detective was arrested Tuesday for fraudulent schemes, forgery, tampering with public records, attempted money laundering, and theft, according to a Pinal County press release,

After noticing various irregularities with the detective's activities while on duty, Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles asked the Pinal County Sheriff's Office to investigate 45-year-old Jose Lizarraga.

Once the investigation began, the Federal Bureau of Investigations was requested for additional assistance.

In the press release, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Divison, Douglas G. Price, stated, "Today's arrest is the result of a joint investigation involving the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, the Pinal County Attorney's Office, and the FBI. Whenever a law enforcement officer allegedly uses their position for personal gain, it diminishes the public's trust for those who wear the badge proudly and serve the American people each day. The FBI is committed to holding public officials at all levels accountable for when they violate that trust."

Lizarraga was taken into custody Thursday and questioned regarding the alleged theft of $1,300 while he was on duty on April 7, 2013. According to the news release, Lizarraga threw the money out of his department-issued vehicle.

After the interrogation, Lizarraga was transported and processed into the Pinal County Sheriff's Office Adult Detention Center.

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