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  • Villalobos Loses Law License Play Video

    August 12, 2014 5:20 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos has lost his license to practice law. The State Bar of Texas made their decision to disbar Villalobos after he was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for his role in a corruption scheme involving former state District Judge... more »
  • McAllen Places Auditors on Leave Play Video

    August 12, 2014 4:26 PM

    McALLEN - Two auditors for the city of McAllen are on administrative leave. City leaders released little information about the case. Commissioner John Ingram said in a news release that the city of McAllen is trying to intimidate the auditors. Ingram said the city reviewed the auditors' job... more »
  • Judge Hands Down Stiff Sentences in Progreso Corruption Case Play Video

    August 11, 2014 8:05 PM

    WESLACO - A judge handed down stiff sentences Monday to former Progreso leaders. The case stemmed from a corruption and bribery investigation that led to the indictment of four members of the same family. Brothers Michael, Omar, Orlando and their father Lupe Vela are all headed to federal... more »
  • Sentencing Postponed in Progreso Corruption Scandal Play Video

    July 25, 2014 12:58 PM

    WESLACO - The sentencing hearing for three members of one Progreso family was postponed today in Houston. Lupe Vela and his sons, Michael and Omar, pleaded guilty to leading a bribery and extortion scheme that consumed the city's school district. The feds indicted the Velas in August, 2013.... more »
  • Former Sheriff's Commander to Testify Play Video

    July 24, 2014 12:50 PM

    McALLEN - A former Hidalgo County sheriff's commander will take the stand today in federal court. Jose Padilla was summoned to testify at the sentencing hearing of Maria Patricia Medina. She was former Sheriff Lupe Trevino's chief of staff and campaign manager. Medina pleaded guilty to covering up... more »
  • Sentencing Delayed for former Sheriff's Chief of Staff Play Video

    July 23, 2014 12:42 PM

    McALLEN - The former chief of staff for the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department will have to wait one more day to find out her sentence. Maria Patricia Medina also served as former Sheriff Lupe Trevino's campaign manager. In a move not anticipated by the defense or the prosecution,... more »
  • Hidalgo County DA: Former Sheriff Should Not Go To Jail Play Video

    July 17, 2014 8:02 PM

    McALLEN - The Hidalgo County district attorney on Thursday said the sentence against former Sheriff Lupe Trevino was too harsh and not justified. Rene Guerra said the sentence was an injustice. He said Trevino didn't deserve to be criminally charged much less sentenced to 5 years in prison. Guerra... more »
  • Trevino the Latest Valley Lawmen Sentenced to Prison Play Video

    July 17, 2014 7:35 PM

    McALLEN - Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino was sentenced to federal prison Thursday for his role in a money laundering scheme. Federal Judge Micaela Alvarez ordered Trevino to serve 5 years in prison and pay a $60,000 fine. The sentence was longer than expected. The recommended range... more »
  • Mixed Reactions to Trevino's Sentence Play Video

    July 17, 2014 5:35 PM

    McALLEN - Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino filed an appeal minutes after he was sentenced to federal prison. Judge Micaela Alvarez ordered Trevino to serve 5 years in prison and pay a $60,000 fine. The sentence was longer than expected. The recommended range for Trevino's crime was... more »
  • Progreso ISD Board Fires Employees Accused of Corruption Play Video

    May 28, 2014 8:15 PM

    PROGRESO - Newly elected members of the Progreso Independent School District board met for the first time Tuesday night and fired the employees accused of corruption. The board first fired Omar Vela. He was the district's truancy officer. He pleaded guilty to taking bribes and kickbacks in exchange for... more »
  • Judge to Rule on Case of Seized Money Play Video

    May 5, 2014 7:47 PM

    McALLEN - A judge will decide if more than $3 million seized from high-ranking Mexican officials should be returned. Prosecutors said cartel money was used to bribe those officials. Luis Jerezano Trevino, once a federal judge in Mexico, opened bank accounts in the U.S. to deposit bribe money,... more »
  • More Revelations at Ex-Investigator's Sentencing Play Video

    May 1, 2014 1:23 PM

    EDINBURG - A former investigator for the Hidalgo County District Attorney's Office was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. Aida Palacios pleaded guilty to storing eight kilograms of cocaine in her home for drug trafficker Julio Davila. The hearing took a turn when the judge quizzed Palacios about what... more »
  • Judge Offers Harsh Words for Former Sheriff's Son Play Video

    April 30, 2014 8:02 PM

    McALLEN - The judge who sentenced the former members of the now-disbanded Panama Unit had some harsh words for the son of former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino. U.S. District Judge Randy Crane said Jonathan Trevino was the leader of the corrupt band of former lawmen. The jurist told... more »
  • Former Panama Unit Members Headed to Prison Play Video

    April 30, 2014 7:59 PM

    McALLEN - Eleven of the 12 men sentenced this week in the Panama Unit corruption case are in U.S. Marshals' custody. All were free on bond before the Tuesday and Wednesday sentencing hearings. The men were taken into custody after their sentences were handed down. They are now on... more »
  • Cameron County Commissioner Resigns After Allegations of Corruption Play Video

    April 25, 2014 4:40 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County Precinct 2 Commissioner Ernie Hernandez has resigned his position. Hernandez is stepping down as part of a plea deal. The deal was resign, and seven corruption charges will be dropped. The deal was made just a short while ago. Seven of the... more »
  • Willacy County Sheriff Speaks About Corruption in the Valley Play Video

    April 21, 2014 7:49 PM

    RAYMONDVILLE - A lone sheriff is speaking out about corruption in the Rio Grande Valley. A week ago former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino pleaded guilty to money laundering charges. His name is now part of a long list of corrupt lawmen. Willacy County is the only county... more »
  • Sheriff Departments Struggle with Corruption Play Video

    April 14, 2014 8:21 PM

    McALLEN - Monday's guilty plea from former Sheriff Lupe Trevino is not the first time a Rio Grande Valley sheriff has admitted to guilt in federal court. Trevino spoke about the allure of money during an interview with CHANNEL 5 NEWS. "Sometimes that allure of money, regardless of... more »
  • Former Sheriff's Guilty Plea Caps Years of Scandals Play Video

    April 14, 2014 8:07 PM

    WESLACO - A guilty plea from the former Hidalgo County top cop caps a series of scandals at the sheriff's department. Former Sheriff Lupe Trevino saw employees and even his son give in to corruption. Trevino vowed to start an integrity unit after the corruption scandal involving members... more »
  • Mixed Emotions After Former Sheriff Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering Play Video

    April 14, 2014 7:55 PM

    McALLEN - Hidalgo County's elected officials expressed mixed emotions after former Sheriff Lupe Trevino pleaded guilty to money laundering charges. Trevino faces up to 20 years behind bars. Elected officials said Trevino will be remembered for the money laundering charges, rather than his accomplishments as a lawman. ... more »
  • Changes Planned to Cameron County Civil Service Exam Play Video

    April 10, 2014 7:20 PM

    OLMITO - Eight former Cameron County sheriff deputies face felony charges after they allegedly cheated on their civil service exams. A county commissioner says the exam has been corrupted and compromised too many times. "You need to get to the bottom of who is responsible for those tests... more »
  • Former Starr County Probation Officer Awaits Arraignment Play Video

    March 7, 2014 4:18 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Multiple allegations of wrongdoing by a former Starr County probation officer led to an investigation that resulted in a 58-count indictment, officials said. Joseph Romeo Ozuna was charged with forging official documents for people he supervised as a probation officer. The indictment also alleges that... more »
  • Murder Victim's Mother Continues Fight for Justice Play Video

    February 12, 2014 7:11 PM

    McALLEN - The mother of a murder victim says corruption got in the way of justice in Cameron County. Hermila Garcia said she still feels ill following her emotional statements Tuesday in a federal court in Brownsville. Garcia spoke during the sentencing hearing for former Cameron County District Attorney... more »
  • Murder Victim's Mother Excoriates Villalobos Play Video

    February 11, 2014 4:19 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The mother of a murder victim on Tuesday said a corrupt district attorney let her daughter's killer go free. The woman made the statements during former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos' sentencing hearing. The woman said Villalobos let her daughter's murderer go free without bond.... more »
  • Murder Victim's Mother Excoriates Villalobos

    February 11, 2014 4:19 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The mother of a murder victim on Tuesday said a corrupt district attorney let her daughter's killer go free. The woman made the statements during former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos' sentencing hearing. The woman said Villalobos let her daughter's murderer go free without bond.... more »
  • Investigation Reveals Lax Hiring Practices at Some School Districts Play Video

    February 5, 2014 8:39 PM

    WESLACO - A CHANNEL 5 NEWS investigation revealed lax hiring practices at some Rio Grande Valley school districts. A recent report about fingerprinting-guideline violations at Progreso Independent School District prompted an investigation into other districts. The investigation revealed that some school districts have hired teachers and other staff... more »
  • Integrity Unit Sets Sights on Corruption Cases Play Video

    January 24, 2014 8:33 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The Cameron County District Attorney's Office Public Integrity Unit is working closely with state and federal authorities to curb corruption in the region, officials said. The unit is credited with gathering the evidence needed to indict Cameron County Precinct 2 Commissioner Ernie Hernandez and three others. ... more »
  • Cities ask County to Run Elections Play Video

    January 22, 2014 7:50 PM

    EDINBURG - Some towns are asking Hidalgo County officials to run their elections. The request comes in the wake of revelations about problems with the early voting process. Residents in the cities of Progreso and Edcouch in May asked to the county to take over their elections. The... more »
  • Progreso ISD Employees Upset Over Surveys Play Video

    January 21, 2014 9:19 PM

    WESLACO - Progreso teachers are up in arms about a questionnaire they say may be used to root out those critical of the school district. The form was designed to eliminate fraud and corruption and is supposed to be confidential, auditors said. Auditors Oscar and Melissa Gonzalez mail... more »
  • Valley Architect Charged with Paying Bribes Play Video

    January 18, 2014 10:56 PM

    PROGRESO - A Valley architect is free on bond after being charged with corruption in Progreso. Court documents reveal new details about specific bribes Jesus Bustos allegedly paid mayor Omar Vela and his family. Prosecutors claim, from 2004 to 2011, an employee of Bustos' company, and at Bustos'... more »
  • Progreso ISD Architect Free on Bond Play Video

    January 17, 2014 10:55 PM

    McALLEN - An architect linked to the Progreso ISD corruption investigation is free on bond. Jesus Bustos went before a federal judge Friday afternoon in McAllen. He was charged with conspiracy and bribery linked to the Progreso Independent School District corruption investigation. The judge set Bustos' bond at... more »
  • Attorney Claims Setup in Case Against Former Tamaulipas Governor Play Video

    December 16, 2013 7:31 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - An attorney for former Tamaulipas Gov. Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba said federal charges against his client are part of setup. Attorney Joel Androphy said Yarrington will fight the allegations. "All I see is speculation and unsubstantiated accusations," Androphy said. Federal prosecutors claim Yarrington laundered drug money... more »
  • Attorney Claims Setup in Case Against Former Tamaulipas Governor

    December 16, 2013 7:31 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - An attorney for former Tamaulipas Gov. Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba said federal charges against his client are part of setup. Attorney Joel Androphy said Yarrington will fight the allegations. "All I see is speculation and unsubstantiated accusations," Androphy said. Federal prosecutors claim Yarrington laundered drug money... more »
  • Arrest Warrant Issued for Edcouch Mayor Pro Tem Play Video

    December 11, 2013 8:19 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... more »
  • Arrest Warrant Issued for Former Tamaulipas Governor Play Video

    December 2, 2013 8:31 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Federal authorities are searching for a former Tamaulipas governor wanted on multiple charges, including conspiracy. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Brownsville on Monday made Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba's arrest warrant public. Yarrington is accused of conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to launder money. Alleged co-conspirator Fernando Alejandro Cano... more »
  • Limas to Begin Prison Sentence Play Video

    December 2, 2013 5:26 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Former state District Judge Abel Limas is expected to turn himself in to a federal prison on Tuesday in Pensacola, Fla. Limas is set to begin a six-year sentence for his role in a bribery and racketeering scheme. Limas also must pay $6.2 million in restitution to... more »
  • Cameron Co. Employee Found Guilty in Corruption Trial Play Video

    November 15, 2013 12:52 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A Cameron County employee was found guilty in a corruption trial. Raul Salazar was convicted on two counts of abuse of official capacity and one count of tampering with a government record. Salazar worked for Cameron County Commissioner Ernie Hernandez. Prosecutors said Salazar ordered a human... more »
  • Testimony to Begin in Cameron Co. Corruption Case Play Video

    November 13, 2013 9:11 AM

    BROWNSVILLE - Testimony will start today in a corruption case involving a Cameron County worker. A grand jury indicted Raul Salazar on two counts of abuse of official capacity and one count of tampering with a government record. Salazar works for Cameron County Commissioner Ernie Hernandez. Authorities allege Salazar... more »
  • Progreso Corruption Trial Declared Complex Play Video

    October 22, 2013 8:03 PM

    PROGRESO - A federal judge on Tuesday granted a motion to declare the Progreso corruption case as complex. An assistant U.S. attorney filed the motion to give defense attorneys more time to peruse the evidence gathered in the case. The motion states that the case is complex because... more »
  • Villalobos Sentencing Postponed Play Video

    October 3, 2013 8:18 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos will wait have to wait longer to find out his sentence. A jury convicted Villalobos on racketeering and extortion charges. His sentencing hearing was set for late October, but his attorneys asked for more time to argue for a shorter... more »
  • Defense Wants to Delay Ex-District Attorney's Sentencing Date Play Video

    September 24, 2013 12:19 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Attorneys for the former Cameron County district attorney want to delay his sentencing. A jury convicted Armando Villalobos in May of racketeering, extortion and conspiracy. Prosecutors said he bribed a state district judge and accepted bribes from other attorneys. Villallobos is set to be sentenced next... more »
  • Progreso ISD Seeks to Improve Image Play Video

    September 12, 2013 8:07 PM

    PROGRESO - The Progreso Independent School District is trying to regain the public's trust after three of its officials were charged in a federal corruption case. PISD Attorney Kevin O'Hanlon said the corruption case turned the district upside down. PISD board president, Michael Vela, and his father Jose... more »
  • Progreso ISD Board President Resigns Play Video

    September 12, 2013 4:23 PM

    PROGRESO - The Progreso Independent School District board president resigned on Thursday. Michael Vela, his brother, Progreso Mayor Omar Vela, and their father, Jose Vela are part of a federal corruption investigation. Michael Vela tendered his resignation to the district's superintendent. In it he acknowledges that he is... more »
  • Judge Sets Bond for Progreso Mayor Play Video

    September 5, 2013 8:12 PM

    McALLEN - The Progreso mayor, his brother and their father were granted bond Thursday during a federal detention hearing. The trio may go free until their trial on corruption charges. Progreso Mayor Omar Vela, Michael Vela and Jose Guadalupe Vela have been behind bars for about a week, accused... more »
  • Detention Hearing Sheds Light into Vela Case Play Video

    September 4, 2013 4:17 PM

    McALLEN - Defense attorneys on Wednesday asked a federal judge to release the Progreso mayor, his brother and their father on bond. Progreso Mayor Omar Vela, Michael Vela and Jose Guadalupe Vela are behind bars accused of demanding bribes and kickbacks from contractors. The mayor's brother is the school... more »
  • Prosecution Wants Progreso Mayor Held Until Trial Play Video

    September 3, 2013 4:27 PM

    MCALLEN - The detention hearing for the Progreso mayor, his brother and father was delayed on Tuesday after a legal move by prosecutors. Prosecutors say Mayor Omar Vela, his brother Michael Vela and his father Jose Guadalupe Vela used their positions to demand kickbacks. Michael Vela is the Progreso... more »
  • Progreso Residents React to Mayor's Arrest Play Video

    August 28, 2013 7:41 PM

    PROGRESO - Residents in the small town of Progreso said they were in shock when federal agents swooped in to arrest their mayor and two of his relatives. Progreso Mayor Omar Loenel Vela, 35, his brother Michael Vela, 29, and their father, Jose Guadalupe Vela, 64, are behind bars... more »
  • Deputy Marshal Found Not Guilty

    August 23, 2013 3:29 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A jury found Lucio Moya not guilty in a corruption case. Jurors had been deliberating on the case since Wednesday. The federal deputy marshal was accused of exposing the identity of an undercover agent. Investigators said Moya had passed the license plate number of an undercover ICE... more »
  • Jury Deliberating in Deputy Marshal's Trial Play Video

    August 23, 2013 12:03 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A jury is deciding whether a federal deputy marshal is guilty in a corruption case. Lucio Moya is accused of exposing the identity of an undercover agent. Court documents show Moya passed the license plate number of an undercover ICE agent to his father. His father was... more »
  • Ex-District Judge Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison Play Video

    August 21, 2013 10:02 AM

    BROWNSVILLE - A judge sentenced former district judge Abel Limas to six years in prison for one count of racketeering. Limas was also ordered to forfeit $257,000 in property he owns and pay more than $6 million in restitution. Limas was the focus of a corruption case at the... more »
  • Attorney Acquitted in Corruption Case Play Video

    August 13, 2013 8:56 PM

    CORPUS CHRISTI - A jury has found Attorney Eddie Lucio not guilty on all counts after three hours of deliberation. Lucio, no relation to the lawmakers by the same name, had been accused of five counts of racketeering, bribery and abuse of power. His case stemmed from the former... more »
  • Sheriff Trevino Speaks About Corruption Case

    August 6, 2013 10:47 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino on Tuesday spoke about the Panama Unit corruption scandal. Trevino spoke with CHANNEL 5 NEWS after the conviction of one of his former deputies, and the previous guilty pleas entered by other of his former subordinates and his own son. Trevino... more »
  • Conviction Caps Lengthy Investigation into Corrupt Drug Unit Play Video

    August 6, 2013 7:36 PM

    McALLEN - A retired Hidalgo County sheriff's deputy on Tuesday was convicted on corruption charges. He was the only one from a group of former lawmen to go to trial in a corruption ploy involving a former drug interdiction task force. A jury found Jorge Garza guilty of conspiracy... more »
  • Former Attorney Asks For Delay in Sentencing Play Video

    August 6, 2013 4:33 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Defense attorneys want to delay the sentencing of a man convicted in a corruption case linked to former state District Judge Abel Limas. Attorney March Rosenthal is awaiting sentencing after being convicted on 13 counts of bribery and racketeering. He was found guilty in February. Rosenthal... more »
  • Jury Selection Under Way in Corruption Trial Play Video

    August 6, 2013 12:42 PM

    CORPUS CHRISTI - Jury selection started in Corpus Christi for the trial of an attorney charged with corruption. Eddie Lucio, who is not related to the state lawmakers with the same name, was charged with five federal counts of racketeering, bribery and abuse of power. He's accused of running... more »
  • Jury Selection Set for Attorney in Corruption Scandal Play Video

    August 5, 2013 8:01 PM

    CORPUS CHRISTI - Jury selection will begin Tuesday for the trial of an Austin attorney charged in a corruption case involving Brownsville attorneys and judicial officials. Attorney Eddie Lucio is facing five federal counts of racketeering, bribery and abuse of power. He is accused in the former state District... more »
  • Former Deputy Testifies in Corruption Trial Play Video

    July 31, 2013 7:23 PM

    McALLEN - A self-admitted corrupt deputy on Wednesday gave specific details about a scheme where crooked lawmen would steal drug loads from smugglers and then sell them to traffickers. The confessions were the highlight of the second day of testimony in the trial of former Hidalgo County Deputy Jorge... more »
  • Testimony Begins in Former Sheriff Deputy's Drug Case Play Video

    July 30, 2013 12:42 PM

    McALLEN - Testimony is under way in the trial of a former sheriff deputy accused of corruption. Prosecutors claim Jorge Garza took drugs from smugglers and resold them to traffickers. Judge Randy Crane denied a request by Garza's attorneys for a continuance in the case. The judge ruled... more »
  • Attorney Granted Change of Venue in Limas Corruption Scandal Play Video

    July 22, 2013 7:44 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A judge granted a change of venue to an attorney implicated in the former district judge Abel Limas corruption case. The judge granted attorney Eddie Lucio's change of venue to Corpus Christi. Lucio is charged with five counts of racketeering, bribery and abuse of power. Lucio... more »
  • Judge Orders Handy to Pay Restitution Play Video

    July 18, 2013 5:21 PM

    EDINBURG - A judge has ordered former Hidalgo County Precinct 1 Commissioner Sylvia Handy to pay restitution for the money she funneled out of county coffers. The judge ordered her to pay $152,000 in restitution. She also will spend the next seven years in probation. State officials had... more »
  • Former Lawman Pleads Guilty in Panama Unit Case Play Video

    July 11, 2013 12:52 PM

    McALLEN - A former lawman implicated in the Panama Unit drug interdiction task force scandal has pleaded guilty to one drug conspiracy charge. James Phill Flores, a retired Hidalgo County sheriff's deputy, is the eighth defendant to plead guilty in the case. Prosecutors said Garza worked with two... more »
  • Cameron County Employee Accused of Corruption Play Video

    June 28, 2013 7:32 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A top assistant for a Cameron County commissioner is facing corruption charges stemming from a civil service exam. A grand jury indicted Raul Salazar, 59, on two counts of abuse of official capacity and one count of tempering with federal records. Salazar works for Cameron County... more »
  • Attorney Wants Trial Moved out of Brownsville Play Video

    June 4, 2013 4:28 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Attorney Eddie Lucio filed a motion for a change of venue in his corruption trial. Lucio faces five counts of racketeering and extortion. He was former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos' law partner. The pair is linked to the former state District Judge Abel Limas corruption... more »
  • Some Drug Cases to be Dismissed after Guilty Pleas in Panama Unit Case Play Video

    May 31, 2013 1:05 PM

    EDINBURG - Dozens of criminal cases are being tossed out of court after this week's guilty pleas in the Panama Unit corruption investigation. Former law enforcement officers Jonathan Treviño, Salvador Arguello, Claudio Mata and Eric Alcantar pleaded guilty to one count of drug conspiracy. Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene... more »
  • Hidalgo County Sheriff Vows to Fight Corruption Play Video

    May 29, 2013 8:09 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino on Wednesday reacted to the guilty pleas entered by his son, three of his former deputies and a former Mission police officer. The men pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges. The men admitted in federal court that they took drug loads from... more »
  • Villalobos' Conviction Raises Questions about Other Cases Play Video

    May 28, 2013 7:34 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The conviction of Cameron County's former District Attorney Armando Villalobos on corruption charges has called into question cases handled during his time in office. Federal authorities launched an investigation into corruption at the DA's office after the sentencing of convicted murderer Amit Livingston. Livingston confessed to... more »
  • Ex-Cameron County District Attorney Takes the Stand Play Video

    May 23, 2013 4:38 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The former Cameron County district attorney testified in federal court today. Armando Villalobos is charged with several counts of bribery and racketeering. He said he was only doing his job and helping his family. He's accused of bribing former judge Abel Limas and abusing his power as... more »
  • Prosecutors Rest Their Case in Corruption Trial Play Video

    May 22, 2013 12:46 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Federal prosecutors rested their case in the corruption trial of the former Cameron County district attorney. Armando Villalobos is charged with several counts of racketeering and bribery. The charges are in connection to an FBI investigation into legal corruption involving former district judge Abel Limas. Defense... more »
  • Former Judge Testifies in Corruption Case Play Video

    May 14, 2013 4:29 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Former state District Judge Abel Limas finished a second day of testimony in the trial against former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos. Villalobos is being tried on charges of racketeering and bribery. Limas on Tuesday drew fire from defense attorneys. They asked the former judge... more »
  • Testimony Continues in Villalobos' Corruption Trial Play Video

    May 13, 2013 4:28 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cross examination is underway in the corruption case against former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos. He's charged with several counts of racketeering and extortion. Opening arguments were given this morning, and the first witnesses took the stand. Prosecutors claim Villalobos abused his office through bribery,... more »
  • Jury Selected for Villalobos Trial

    May 10, 2013 7:21 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Testimony will get underway Monday in the corruption trial against former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos. Villalobos is charged with several counts of racketeering and extortion. Prosecutors said he abused his office through bribery, extortion and favoritism. Villalobos maintains his innocence. Twelve jurors and... more »
  • Judge to Decide Handy's Fate Play Video

    May 9, 2013 8:20 PM

    EDINBURG - Former Hidalgo County Precinct 1 Commissioner Sylvia Handy put her fate in the hands of a judge Thursday. The judge will decide if she is guilty of using tax money to pay people who showed up on the county payrolls but did not work for the county.... more »
  • 2 Starr County Jailers Behind Bars Play Video

    April 23, 2013 8:28 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Two Starr County jailers are behind bars accused of violating the laws they swore to uphold. One of the jailers was arrested in March and the second this week. "We do have a problem," Starr County Judge Eloy Vera said. Vera said the problem... more »
  • Federal Agent Accused of Falsifying Records Play Video

    April 17, 2013 5:22 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A federal agent pleaded not guilty to falsifying records. The plea was entered Wednesday in a federal courtroom in Brownsville. Marco Rodriguez, 40, is accused of lying about two ongoing investigations. He was indicted last week. Rodriguez is free on bond. His trial is set for... more »
  • Former Deputy Pleads Guilty to Bribery Charges

    April 12, 2013 4:02 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - A former Starr County sheriff's deputy faces up to 20 years in prison for bribery. Romeo Javier Ramirez pleaded guilty to the charges. He admitted to accepting bribes from drug smugglers. Ramirez surrendered to authorities last month in Houston. Court records show he accepted... more »
  • Former Panama Unit Members Plead Not Guilty Play Video

    April 12, 2013 4:00 PM

    McALLEN - The members of a former drug interdiction unit pleaded not guilty to drug conspiracy charges. Seven of the nine former members of Hidalgo County's disbanded Panama Unit entered the pleas in a federal court Friday in McAllen. The former lawmen are accused in a corruption case.... more »
  • Former Deputy Charged in Corruption Case Play Video

    April 2, 2013 4:18 PM

    McALLEN - A former Hidalgo County sheriff's deputy went before a judge Tuesday in a federal corruption case. Jorge Garza was arrested Monday. Federal agents said Garza and fellow deputy J.P. Flores were paid $10,000 to conduct fake traffic stops, seize drug loads and turn them over to Fernando... more »
  • Rosenthal Guilty of Racketeering

    February 28, 2013 10:23 PM

    CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) - A jury on Thursday convicted an Austin personal injury attorney of racketeering charges as part of a federal investigation into judicial bribery. The verdict announced in Corpus Christi concluded the four-week trial of lawyer Marc Rosenthal. Rosenthal was found guilty of 13 counts including racketeering conspiracy,... more »
  • Jury Selected for Rosenthal's Trial

    January 31, 2013 5:29 PM

    CORPUS CHRISTI - A jury has been selected for a trial linked to the former state district Judge Abel Limas corruption scandal. Marc Rosenthal will be the second defendant tried in the case. The trial is set to begin Monday in a Corpus Christi courtroom. Rosenthal was indicted... more »
  • Panama Unit Members Indicted

    January 9, 2013 4:25 PM

    McALLEN - A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted four former members of Hidalgo County's now-disbanded Panama Unit. The grand jury returned a six-count indictment against Jonathan Trevino, Alexis Rigoberto Espinoza, Fabian Rodriguez and Gerardo Mendoza-Duran. The indictment includes one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent... more »
  • Cameron County Deputies Assisted in Investigation of Drug Escorts

    December 14, 2012 10:31 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County sheriff's deputies participated in the investigation that netted four allegedly corrupt Rio Grande Valley lawmen. Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said the allegations of wrongdoing are a black eye for the local law enforcement community. "We need to get rid of people who have... more »
  • Survey: Greece seen as most corrupt in EU

    December 5, 2012 1:59 AM

    BERLIN (AP) An international watchdog group says a new survey shows the countries worst hit by the European financial crisis are also seen as among the most corrupt in the European Union. Transparency International's annual Corruption Perceptions Index released Wednesday shows Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece with the lowest scores... more »
  • Acapulco mayor plans to fire 500 police officers

    November 3, 2012 9:04 AM

    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) - The mayor of Mexico's resort city of Acapulco says he will fire 500 police officers because they failed tests used to identify corrupt officers. Mayor Luis Aburto Walton says he will ask the federal government to send in federal agents to help what is left of... more »
  • Officials: Corruption Still a Problem in Mexico

    November 2, 2012 1:06 PM

    MEXICO CITY - Mexican officials are questioning 23 police officers about their alleged ties to drug cartels. The officers were detained Thursday in a suburb of Mexico City. Mexico's federal government acknowledged corruption continues to be a major problem. Most people earn low wages. Another high-profile arrest... more »
  • CBP Beats Polygraph Deadline

    October 3, 2012 5:19 PM

    WESLACO - Customs and Border Protection leaders are increasing efforts to weed out corruption from their ranks. The agency administered polygraph examinations to incoming employees in compliance with the Anti-Border Corruption Act of 2010. The law went into effect on 2011. The law requires that all CBP law enforcement... more »
  • Sylvia Handy Wants State Charges Dropped

    August 16, 2012 5:19 PM

    EDINBURG - Attorneys for Sylvia Handy today said the state should dismiss charges against her and asked a judge to drop the case. The former Hidalgo County Precinct 1 commissioner and her attorneys claimed she is being subjected to double jeopardy. They said she already has been charged and... more »
  • Rosenthal Claims Feds Violated Law

    July 25, 2012 7:07 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A personal injury lawyer from Austin implicated in a corruption scandal will file a complaint alleging prosecutors violate attorney-client privileges. Marc Rosenthal was indicted last summer on 13 counts of bribery as part of former state District Judge Abel Limas' corruption investigation. Rosenthal is accused to paying... more »
  • Cameron County DA Asks for Another Delay in His Trial

    July 12, 2012 12:23 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos has requested another delay in his federal trial for corruption. Villalobos was indicted on May 7 on 10 counts of extortion and honest services fraud. He is accused of allowing a convicted murderer out of prison on bail and getting a... more »
  • Court Ruling Could Affect Cases Heard by Limas

    June 22, 2012 6:53 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Hundreds of court rulings could be called into question after the Texas Supreme Court overturned a civil case heard by former state District Judge Abel Limas. The case stems from a 2008 campaign ad published in two local newspapers. Four men claimed the display was libelous, and... more »
  • Limas' Associate Gets 10 Years

    June 19, 2012 4:06 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Jose Manuel "Meme" Longoria, the convicted middleman in a corruption scandal in Cameron County, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Longoria, 52, was sentenced for his role in the FBI's public corruption investigation of former 404th District Court Judge Abel Corral Limas. Longoria, a resident... more »
  • Villalobos Wants Charges Dropped

    June 19, 2012 1:13 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos on Friday filed a petition to have charges against him dropped. The criminal case against Armando Villalobos stems from former state District Judge Abel Limas' corruption case. Villalobos is facing charges of running a criminal enterprise, bribery, extortion, racketeering, honest... more »
  • Marchan Guilty on All Charges

    June 18, 2012 4:05 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A Port Isabel attorney accused of paying kickbacks to a former state district judge was convicted Monday on seven charges stemming from a corruption investigation in Brownsville. A jury found Ray Marchan guilty on all seven charges he faced. He is the first of 12 people named... more »

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