Tag: Public Official

Brownsville Employee Arrested for Real Estate Fraud

We begin tonight’s newscast in Brownsville where police tell us a city employee was arrested today–for real estate fraud. The suspect is identified as Noe Puga. Puga faces at least thirteen fraud charges and tampering with government documents. This is an active investigation. We we’ll bring you the latest details as soon as we learn...

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Former Police Chief Dutch Piper Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

In Rio Grande City, former Police Chief, Dutch Piper, has been found dead, from the result of what appears to be a suicide. Piper’s death came hours before being scheduled to appear before a U.S. Magistrate in McAllen. The 63 year old officer was found dead inside his vehicle, with a shotgun wound to the head; a very unforgettable sight for some of his former coworkers who responded to the crime scene. This morning the recently appointed Chief of Police of Rio Grande City couldn’t believe the news: his predecessor and co worker for the past 12 years, had...

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Police Chief Arrested on 14 Counts of Tampering with Government Records

In Cameron County, Indian Lake Police Chief, John Chambers has been arrested. According to the spokesperson for the Cameron County District Attorney’s office, chambers was arrested this afternoon on 14 counts of tampering with government records. The investigation was conducted by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, the Texas Rangers and the District Attorney’s office. The indictment states chambers knowingly made a false entry in a government record concerning firearm qualifications for some of his deputies. Fox 2 news will keep you updated on this developing...

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FBI Investigating Valley Public Official Corruption

Little is known many times of the activities by the local FBI in McAllen. Whenever they make a public appearance much remains secret and under investigation. Until suspects are taken down and brought to justice is when details emerge of their operations. According to agents here, a good number of cases center on corruption of public officials. Some of the most recent and notable are ex-cops in the Hidalgo County sheriff’s department and former justice of the peace Melo Ochoa and the list continues to grow. “We weren’t addressing it with the resources that we had at the time...

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Former Justice of Peace Ismael “Melo” Ochoa Pleads Guilty

68-year-old Ismael “Melo” Ochoa stood on the other side of the bench to face judge Noe Gonzalez from the 370th district court, with a guilty plea. The former justice of the peace entered a plea bargain with district attorney prosecutors where he would admit guilt to 2 counts of bribery, and one count of money laundering, but have the “engaging in organized criminal activity” charge dismissed. “He’s not finished with what he’s going through, he still has to cooperate with other investigations in reference to what he was doing it with, so, right now that’s why he got probation,”...

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