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3 Phoenix arson investigators put on paid leave after investigation

Three members of the Phoenix Fire Department's once highly touted arson squad have been put on leave following a series of reports by 12 News (Phoenix-NBC).  Capt. Sam Richardson and Capt. Fred Andes and unit director Jack Ballentine were placed on paid administrative leave a day after the Arizona Department of Public Safety reported it had concluded a criminal investigation triggered by the station’s reports into the members' alleged misconduct and improper investigative techniques. DPS is recommending criminal charges against Richardson and Andes for numerous acts of dishonesty and making false statements during the DPS criminal probe.

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