Weslaco Attorney Involved in Detention Center Employee Bribery Case to go Before Judge
WESLACO - A Weslaco attorney accused of selling the personal information of immigrants for profit will face a judge Thursday.
Thirty-nine-year-old Roel Alaniz is accused of buying detainee roster lists off detention center employees.
He allegedly paid three employees for the list; those employees were arrested in May.
Benito Barrientez, Damian Ortiz, and Exy Adelaida Gomez are charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, and bribery.
Barrientez worked as a classification clerk at the Willacy County Regional Detention Center.
Ortiz worked as a senior program director in the same facility.
Gomez was a corrections officer at El Valle Detention Center.
Prosecutors say roster lists were taken from both El Valle and Port Isabel detention centers.
Those rosters contained names, dates of birth, country of origin and other information of detainees.
Alaniz would allegedly visit those detainees or have others drop in to try and get them to hire his law firm to fight their case.
If convicted, Alaniz faces up to 15 years for bribery and a maximum of five years for the conspiracy.
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