FLORENCE — A former failed candidate for mayor of Coolidge was part of a transcript filed in a Pinal County lawsuit seeking to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Arizona.

A Pinal County woman filed as part of her lawsuit a partial transcript of a conversation she said she had with a man who claimed that ballots were picked up at a Phoenix airport and distributed to an election tabulation center, benefiting President-elect Joe Biden.

In a supplemental exhibit filed for a court hearing on Dec. 11, Staci Burk states that the recording is of a conversation she had with Scott Koch and Somer Tolley on Nov. 16 in her home. Burk states the recording was made with the voice memo feature on her phone after Koch allegedly visited her home to warn her that she could be putting herself in physical danger by investigating claims of a plane allegedly carrying illegal ballots into Phoenix. The people quoted in the transcript are labeled but no one in the transcript identifies themselves by name.

The transcript starts out in the middle of a discussion of a video Burk received that allegedly shows people loading something on a plane in Phoenix.

Koch states in the transcript that “I know nobody put anything on that plane. There were things unloaded from the plane, but nothing was loaded.”

Burk asks what was unloaded from it.

According to the transcript, Koch replies that “Ballots were unloaded.” He also allegedly states that the ballots were shipped through UPS and FedEx, with some ballots going to Maricopa County and some to Las Vegas. He also states, according to the transcript, that the plane was allegedly under the custody of the National Guard.

In the transcript, Koch also alleges that the person who took the video of the plane could be in physical danger from the group that allegedly sent the ballots.

He also states that President Donald Trump won the election, even in California.

The conversation in the transcript also talks about Three Percenters, a group that advocates for gun rights and that people should take a stand against any abuse or interference by the federal government in local affairs and makes a brief mention of “the new world order” and “the deep state.” The New World Order is a conspiracy theory that believes a secret group of elites is trying to create a worldwide authoritarian government. The deep state is a conspiracy theory that a hidden level of government officials are really running the federal government and are trying to destroy the presidency of Donald Trump.

Burk states that a copy of the recording was provided to the Florence Police Department and Arizona Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers before the certification of the election.

Burk stated that she verified with Koch’s employer Shawn Wilson at Mayhem Security Solutions that Koch is related to the Koch family, which is known for the political activities of the conservative brothers Charles and David Koch, and that Koch has U.S. Department of Defense security clearance, an airplane, airstrip access and is a pilot.

Burk stated in her evidence filing that Mayhem Security Solutions provided security at Arizona ballot tabulation centers and “staff was observed by multiple witnesses ‘behind the line’ at the Maricopa County tabulation centers.”

However, Wilson told PinalCentral that Mayhem Security Solutions never provided security for ballot tabulation centers. He said his company only provided security for two media outlets, Al Jazeera and NBC Telemundo. He said he only confirmed to Burk that Koch worked for the company.

Koch ran for Coolidge mayor in 2018 but was disqualified from the ballot after signatures on his petition were challenged in court and some of the signatures were found to be from residents who were not registered to vote. At the time Koch said he plans to run for office again.

Burk’s lawsuit against Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs was dismissed by a Pinal County judge on Tuesday. The lawsuit alleged that the state's election system had security flaws that allowed election workers and foreign countries to hack the election and swing it in favor of Biden and that poll watchers were unable to adequately monitor the signature verification process in Maricopa County.


Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.