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Sep 19, 2012 7:54 PM by Ian Cross

2 city employees indicted on felony counts for misusing city resources, staff

TUCSON - Two former City of Tucson Transportation employees were indicted on multiple felony counts related to theft of city property today.

Kurt Hough and Bobby Palomarez were fired last week, and are facing indictment by a Pima County grand jury for multiple felony counts including fraud, theft, and criminal enterprise, city officials stated in a news release.

"These indictments are part of an ongoing criminal investigation involving the City of Tucson, the Tucson Police Department, in concert with the Arizona Attorney General's Office," the release states. "We will continue to investigate all complaints to determine whether criminal violations occurred and will pursue criminal prosecution where appropriate."

The investigation alleges Hough was allegedly "engaged in favoritism and preferential treatment." He used "city personnel, materials and equipment for personal gain." He also used city money to build a "motorcycle pad that cost the city "$7,883," city documents show.

The documents show Palomarez, while on duty, ordered employees to "grade and pave the parking lot of a church" that cost $1,004.00. He "misused city equipment, personnel and materials for personal advantage"

City documents allege a number of other incidents of misuse of city resources and staff.

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