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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Chief Garcia Responds to Questions Concerning Vendor Check Deposited Into Mayor's Personal Account

Last week, I e-mailed questions to Sgt. Jimmy Manrrique pertaining to the $26,000 vendor check that was deposited into Mayor Pat Ahumada's personal account. I was later asked to forward my questions to Chief Carlos Garcia. Chief Garcia promptly responded. Although the responses are brief, I believe his response to Question No. 4 is key. Responses are in red.

~Melissa


1. Who owns the bank account, and are there other names on the account?
As has been publicly stated by the Mayor himself, he owns the account. No other names at this time.

2.What was the specific deposit date?
On October 28, 2008.

3. Who made the deposit and signed the check for deposit?
Currently under investigation. Reviewing bank records and video.

4. Is there a video that clearly shows who made the deposit and signed the check?
Yes, there is, however it is not clear as to a person, only a vehicle.

5. What charges and or indictments, if any, will be brought against the check casher(s) and/or the owner of the bank account?
Case will be forwarded to the DA’s office for their review with our recommendation for review by a grand jury.

6. Has the money been returned to the City of Brownsville ?
To my knowledge, as of this date, no. Check with Mr. Pete Gonzalez.

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3 Comments:

Blogger BobbyWC said...

As to question number 4, why did he tell the Herald he had no information on this - this stinks more every minute

Okay, so now rule out the Mayor because he does not own this type of car. be done with it

Bobby WC

Wednesday, December 17, 2008  
Blogger Brownsville Barrister said...

Why hasn't the mayor returned the money? If he didn't know if was deposited into his account, it should not have been entered onto his checking register, and the money should never have been spent.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exclusive: City identifies mysterious check depositor
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December 19, 2008 - 1:50 PM
By Emma Perez-Trevino, The Brownsville Herald
The Brownsville Police Department has identified the individual who deposited a $26,139 city-issued check to a New York vendor in Mayor Pat M Ahumada Jr.'s bank account.

"A person has been identified as depositing the check," Police Chief Carlos Garcia told the Brownsville Herald this afternoon.

Garcia said a teller identified the person who deposited the check. "It was not because of the (bank security) video, but because of an eyewitness (the teller)," Garcia said.

"He (the person that deposited the check) is a customer of the bank for many years," the police chief added.

Earlier this week, Ahumada in a written statement to the Herald said, "To date, I have not seen any video that directly places me personally at either place (the bank or the Gateway International Bridge which he crossed to take a plane to Monterrey the day the check was deposited) and look forward to the findings of such videos."

For more information on this developing story, read Saturday's Brownsville Herald.

Friday, December 19, 2008  

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