Probation officer indicted in corruption case

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Associated Press

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 8:02 AM

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — A probation officer and general contractor in a South Texas border county has been charged with fraud and bribery in a widening public corruption and bid-rigging investigation in that county.

Federal prosecutors in Del Rio say Javier Gonzalez was arrested after his indictment Wednesday on bribery and wire fraud counts. Documents say Gonzalez accepted more than $35,000 for sidewalk construction never begun. He's also accused making cash payments to an employee of the county auditor's office each time he got a check.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison. No telephone number was listed for the Eagle Pass resident.

Several Maverick County officials or former employees have been indicted so far in the federal and state investigation of suspected corruption in the border county.

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