Posted: Dec 11, 2013 7:19 PM
Updated: Dec 11, 2013 7:34 PM
EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County district attorney on Wednesday unsealed an indictment against newly-elected Edcouch Alderman Eddie Gonzalez.
A grand jury indicted Gonzalez on charges of misuse of official information. The offense is a third-degree felony and is punishable with up to 10 years in prison.
An arrest warrant was issued for Gonzalez.
Gonzalez also serves as the city's mayor pro tem.
Gonzalez is accused of leaking inside information to a waste-management company and then altering that company's bid so it would get a contract.
Gonzalez allegedly backdated the bid so the company could meet the city's already-expired deadline.
The city then awarded the contract to that company, even when it had already been given to a different contractor to whom the city owed $600,000.
Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra said he looks to see who is profiting when deciding who to prosecute.
"If we find out it's for personal gain or personal interest, then they'll be investigated," Guerra said.
The first company awarded the contract now is suing the city and Gonzalez. That case is in federal court.