Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, notoriously known for his firm handling of criminals, has apparently become the victim of credit card theft.
The sheriff is now experiencing a personal brush with crime after unauthorized charges appeared on his Discover credit card. Considered by some to be one of the nation’s toughest law enforcement officials, Arpaio has garnered national attention for his hard-nosed stance against illegal immigration.
An article by The Daily Mail writes that Arpaio’s credit card information was used to make a fraudulent purchase last weekend. The $291 charge was incurred at a grocery store in Chicago, according to officials.
The 80-year-old sheriff claims that he has not visited Chicago in more than 50 years and in no way authorized the use of his Discover card. He became aware of the theft when he was contacted by the credit card company, which warned him of possible illegal activity.
Arpaio is unsure how criminals were able to obtain his card information:
“I’m sure I didn’t make the purchase so it could’ve been done by, what do you call it, skimmers making copies, or through the internet, many different ways. I don’t think I’m the only victim around, there’s many, many more I presume.”
According to a CBS News report, Sheriff Joe Arpaio seems to be taking the unfortunate thievery in stride. He has praised Discover for their prompt action in alerting him to the charges. Arpaio even claims that he may not press charges against the criminals involved if the credit card theft was caused by financial desperation.