Jeffries wants $5.1 million from Arizona for 'false' DPS report

Tim Jeffries, the former director of Arizona's Department of Economic Security, is suing the state for damaging his reputation with false allegations.

PHOENIX (AP) - An attorney for the ousted director of Arizona's social services agency is demanding that the state pay $5.1 million for releasing a police investigation report he claims is false and malicious.

The claim filed on behalf of former Department of Economic Security Tim Jeffries Tuesday says the Department of Public Safety investigation released last month contains multiple errors.

The investigation was launched late last year after it was discovered that Jeffries amassed 45 handguns and tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition as he planned to boost his internal security force.

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The police report found violations of state procurement laws and said the firearms program was disorganized and inefficient.

The claim says the report's errors damaged Jeffries' reputation. DPS declined to comment.

Jeffries was fired in November.

© 2017 Associated Press


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