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Friday, June 13, 2008

Commissioner Cisneros Cleared of Tampering with County Time Sheets

UPDATED TO REFLECT DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S PRESS RELEASE


Action 4 News is reporting that City Commissioner Carlos Cisneros, who was recently accused of falsifying his time sheets as an employee of County Commissioner John Wood, has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

According to KGBT, "a Cameron County grand jury found no proof to indicate (SIC) Cisneros in court Thursday afternoon."

Cisneros was elated about the news.

"I think my reputation is good," he told a KGBT reporter. "It didn't bring me down at all...because I'm real secure with that and I'm just excited to have been cleared through the grand jury."

For the news report, click here.

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Cameron County District Attorney's Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NEWS RELEASE

CONTACT:

Jason E. Moody

Public Information Officer

Phone: (956) 550-1447

jason.moody@co.cameron.tx.us



Grand Jury No Bills Cameron County Administrative Assistant Carlos A. Cisneros
Brownsville, Texas – June 13, 2008 – The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office announces today that a grand jury no billed Cameron County Administrative Assistant Carlos A. Cisneros of Brownsville, Texas of tampering with government records.

No billed indicates that the grand jury found there was insufficient probable cause with no evidence to harm or defraud the county to formally charge and indict Cisneros. He was allegedly submitting fraudulent hourly time sheets as a county employee.

This case was turned over to the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office by Cameron County Judge Carlos H. Cascos, CPA. After receiving this case, it was then presented to the grand jury of the 107th Judicial District Court on the charge of tampering with governmental records. After meeting on Wednesday, June11, the grand jury no billed this case.

As a salaried employee, Cisneros is considered exempt under the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and therefore is not required to submit hourly time sheets.

For more information, contact the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office at (956) 544-0849.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to KGBT, "a Cameron County grand jury found no proof to indicate Cisneros in court Thursday afternoon."

I know it's a direct quote from the KGBT site, but shouldn't it be indict and not indicate?

Anyway, I understand why it didn't make it to the Herald print edition, but the story is not even online. That is pathetic.

Patricia A.

Friday, June 13, 2008  
Anonymous Joshua said...

This story is an example of irresponsible journalism on the part of channel 5 and reporter Will Ripley.

Not only did Mr. Ripley and KRGV jump the gun and report on unclear and unauthenticated accusations of Commissioner Cisneros, but there appears to be no follow-up story on the Channel 5 Web site, like any credible news source would do: http://www.newschannel5.tv/News

Credibility is built with time, and it appears that Mr. Ripley's original reporting of the Cisneros affair damaged KRGV's.

I'm neither a supporter or detractor of Commissioner Cisneros, but KRGV dragged his name through the mud, at the cost of his elected office, his appointed office, and his personal character.

I hope that Commissioner Cisneros demands a follow-up story, reported by Mr. Ripley with the same vigor, camera-work, and editing as the original.

Friday, June 13, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

Two things - no one can accuse Villalobos of being influenced by Cascos' appointment of his wife to that commission - this is good. This adds credibility to the result.

Second, I want to see a full investigation as to who paid for the video - this type dirty politics needs to be punished - maybe it is not a crime - but we still need to know who is behind it - it goes to their credibility

Bobby WC

Friday, June 13, 2008  
Anonymous Rio Grande V said...

According to KGBT, "a Cameron County grand jury found no proof to indicate Cisneros in court Thursday afternoon."

If news happens one afternoon, there is time for it to make the print edition the following day.

Why would the Herald not know about it? Has press time changed?

I have no proof just a hunch that the Herald didn't know about it because no one told them about it. Or better yet, no one told the editor because they don't have one. Or didn't tell the reporter on time. Why was KGBT given the story, or to be fair why did they have access to the story before anyone else?

A certain new agency was deliberately told/given/notified of this story when it should have been available for all news agencies. It reminds me of . . .

What is in a [last] name? If a rose be of another name would it not smell as . . .

V

Friday, June 13, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The COB agenda is out with more than an hour's worth of workshops and perhaps another hour of proclamations and public hearings before the public comments section.

Patricia A.

Friday, June 13, 2008  
Blogger Brownsville Barrister said...

Now that he's cleared his name, Cisneros needs to hire Mark Sossi and figure out who was taping him. At a minimum, he should have enough cause to justify a Rule 202 proceeding to take some depositions and determine who was videotaping him to explore a possible defamation case.

Friday, June 13, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 bb from anonny

At June 13, 2008 5:16 PM, Brownsville Barrister

What is to defame, isn't in my opinion cisneros still getting benefits (at this time) from city and county??
Wasn't he at another place when Cisneros was supposed to be at work?
Didn't Cisneros Cried Wolf (not to John) when a friend was giving him fatherly advice?
Just questions that make
ANYONE go HUM!

Saturday, June 14, 2008  
Blogger Kurgan said...

BB,

You have an excellent point. Until people begin to be held accountable for these types of allegations, it will not stop.

K

Saturday, June 14, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only a really irresponsible journalist would have published that video tape in the first place. Will Ripely let himself be used for political purposes. A responsible journalist would have rejected this story. Little wonder Mr Cisneros talked to chanel 4. Why would he talk to five now? If Mr. Ripley was responsible, he would retract the story. Unfortunately, he has too much pride and can do no wrong. I have no respect for Mr. Ripely and even less for the people who set Cisneros up. I agree with the previous poster. I would love to know who took the video tape and who paid for it. Maybe they need to be sued for slander along with channel five.

Sunday, June 15, 2008  
Anonymous senorita said...

Go CARLOS!
& his brilliant legal team ;)

that is awesome, it makes me SOOO happy to see Carlos, a victim of malicious slander and harassment stand up for himself in court and win.

Channel 5 is no better than the National Enquirer. Sue them Carlos! Sue! Sue! Sue! Or they will keep doing it. I can't believe the story hasn't been retracted.

It's time to expose the "anonymous" masterminds behind this, who paid someone to stalk and film a public official in order to extort him for political favors. Now that would make for some excellent, informative headlines. I hope Carlos does everything in his power to unmask and expose the "anonymous" perpetrators of this farce and put them in the spotlight for once.

Monday, June 16, 2008  

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