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APS lawyer says federal investigation continues

Posted at 11:43 AM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 16:30:23-04

PHOENIX (AP) - A lawyer for Arizona Public Service says a federal criminal investigation into the utility's political spending is still active.

Attorney Bill Maledon said company officials expect it will wrap up soon. He did not elaborate. Maledon says APS is prohibited from discussing details of the probe because of grand jury secrecy rules and agreements with investigators.

Maledon disclosed the continuing investigation during a hearing at the Arizona Corporation Commission. The state's utility regulators are grilling APS executives over political spending and power disconnection policies.

The FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix are investigating spending in the 2014 elections for secretary of state and corporation commission. APS parent company Pinnacle West Capital Corp. has disclosed that it's received subpoenas in the investigation.