PHOENIX – Arizona on Tuesday reported 2,254 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 74 additional virus deaths, bringing the state’s pandemic total to 1,106,789 cases and 20,211 deaths.
The state’s coronavirus dashboard also reported that the number of virus-related hospitalizations had increased slightly, with 1,786 COVID-19 patients occupying hospital beds on Monday.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the seven-day moving average of daily new cases in Arizona has increased over the past two weeks, from 2,563.6 on Sept. 19 to 2,601 on Sunday. Meanwhile, the moving average of daily deaths hardly changed, dropping from 46.6 to 46.4 during the same period.
Former county official admits abusing public money
FLAGSTAFF – A former Coconino County official who then oversaw the Navajo County Health Department has pleaded guilty to three felony counts resulting from his alleged misuse of public money to cover $ 84,000 in expenses personal.
Jeffrey P. Lee, 47, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of theft and two counts of violating his duties as a custodian of public funds.
His plea deal provides for probation for two of the three convictions and the payment of restitution to Coconino County for $ 82,500 and Navajo County for $ 1,700. If he is sentenced to probation on the third sentence, he will have to serve at least nine months in prison.
The charges against Lee were filed after a state audit found he used acquisition cards issued to him in Navajo and Coconino counties for personal use and falsified information in the files.
The case was filed in Coconino County where Lee previously worked as an emergency preparedness manager from August 2012 to April 2017.
According to the audit, Lee purchased $ 82,550 in gift cards and spent them on his family, himself or his personal outfitting business.
Auditors say the practice continued in Navajo County, where he was fired from his post of supervising the Navajo County Health Department.
Phoenix police: young girl dies in electric window accident
PHOENIX – A young girl has died after playing inside a car parked in western Phoenix and having electric windows rolled over her, authorities said.
Phoenix police said the crash happened around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The girl’s name and age have not yet been released. Police said the girl was taken to hospital in critical condition and later died.
Police say there is no sign of foul play at this time. Police said it would be up to the Maricopa County medical examiner to determine the cause and manner of death.
Body found southwest of Tucson; Called a suspicious death
TUCSON – Authorities said Monday they were under investigation into a suspicious death southwest of Tucson. Pima County Sheriff officials said a body was found in Three Points, a community of around 5,500 people.
Sheriff officials said the body has yet to be identified. No other information was released.
Man convicted of fraudulent tax refund
PORTLAND, Oregon – A Florida man has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for filing hundreds of false tax returns in several states, including Oregon, federal prosecutors have said.
Damian Barrett of Homestead, Florida, filed 745 false tax returns in 19 different states from 2015 to 2018, The Oregonian / OregonLive reported.
Barrett, 40, owned two Florida-based tax preparation companies, Max Tax Experts LLC and Winngate Tax Services LLC, according to court documents. He used the first company to submit tax returns for legitimate clients and the second company to submit fraudulent tax returns.
Barrett claimed nearly $ 900,000 in fraudulent tax refunds and received more than $ 234,000 – of which $ 130,000 came from the Oregon Department of Revenue. He had filed 348 tax returns with the state asking for more than $ 322,000 in refunds.
He also intentionally excluded over $ 21,000 in income from his personal income tax return in 2016 and did not file a personal income tax return in 2017.
In 2020, a federal grand jury in Portland indicted Barrett with mail fraud and money laundering. He was then charged with postal fraud, filing a false income statement and aggravated identity theft. He pleaded guilty to all three counts.
US District Court Judge Michael H. Simon sentenced Barrett to 54 months in prison followed by three years probation, prosecutors said. He also ordered Barrett to pay more than $ 234,000 in restitution to 11 states, including the tax authorities of Arizona, Connecticut, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey. , New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon and South Carolina, and over $ 74,000. to the Internal Revenue Service, prosecutors said.