South Texas county commissioner indicted

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Associated Press

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 7:32 PM

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A South Texas county commissioner has been indicted on a variety of corruption-related charges in Brownsville.

Cameron County Commissioner Ernie Hernandez faces eight counts that include tampering with records, abuse of his official capacity, tampering with a witness, obstruction and coercion of a public servant. Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz announced the indictment Thursday.

Hernandez was being held at the Cameron County jail awaiting bond.

Melissa Zamora, spokeswoman for the district attorney's office, said the charges stem from the conviction last year of Hernandez's administrative assistant, Raul Salazar. Salazar was convicted of arranging for a human resources employee to take a civil service exam for Hernandez's brother-in-law. Salazar was sentenced to 10 months in jail.

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