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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Cabler: Police Investigating Missing Vendor Check Possibly Linked to Mayor Ahumada


The Brownsville Police Department is investigating the deposit of a $26,000 check into a personal account traced to a Brownsville bank, according to City Manager Charlie Cabler.

Late last month, a technology vendor from New York contacted the city about non-payment for services. An investigation yielded that the check had been deposited into a personal account in Brownsville.

However, Mayor Pat Ahumada believes the personal account to be his, and he is cooperating with the PD's investigation, Cabler said.

"He (the Mayor) feels he is being framed," Cabler said.

Still, Cabler stated that he's yet to receive confirmation from police on who owns the bank account.

A police report has been filed, and the incident remains in its early stages of investigation.

*I've contacted the Mayor for comment. Update pending a response.

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17 Comments:

Blogger BobbyWC said...

It seems to me someone is desperate to do injury to Ahumada. The Herald is reporting Ahumada initiated the call for an investigation. Given this fact I doubt he had anything to do with the mess.

This type dirty politics must stop.

Bobby WC

Wednesday, December 03, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

Actually, I read The Herald article differently.

It states:

Mayor Pat M. Ahumada Jr. said that in the absence of Cabler from the city recently, he asked Deputy City Manager Pete Gonzalez to initiate an investigation into how checks are processed and handled by the city. "There are a lot of people handling the checks," Ahumada maintained.

The article doesn't specifically state that Ahumada asked for an investigation into the missing check. He specifically requests an investigation into HOW checks are processed and handled by the city.

There's a difference.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

MZ, I understand your point, but my issue is - he asked Gonzales to look into the processing of checks - it seems to me that he would not have opened the door if he were part of it.

I hope I do not end up with egg on my face by defending him, but for everything he is not he does not come across as so stupid as to steal money from the city.

I am real curious why the Herald left out this part of the story. He seems to be up front about it so why not cover it?

As always nice catch

Bobby WC

Wednesday, December 03, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

Well, in my opinion, I believe the Mayor is smart enough to know better than to do something as stupid as this. Clearly, anyone could trace a check that's deposited into a personal account.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you sure the mayor is smart enough????
i hope it really is him, lets get rid of him

HL

Wednesday, December 03, 2008  
Blogger MsGibby said...

The mayor is correct in requesting an investigation into the handling and processing of checks to determine how this check got away from city hall. If the city manager was absent, naturally he would make the request to the next in line(that's how I read that) and he asked for the investigation even though no complaint had been filed at the time. As he stated, "no money is missing, nobody is accusing anyone" but the mayor's reputation had been placed at risk and he is rightly doing his utmost to cooperate and protect his integrity from even the perception of wrongdoing. He has nothing to hide and he will surely prevail, but it is a terrible shame the man has to endure what appears to be, as BobbyWC says, a "desperate attempt to do injury" to him. A sad situation indeed.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

Well actually according to this morning's Herald Ahumada did not start the investigation. So I am amending my position on the issue.

The vendor called the city and the city initiated an investigation with the bank as to who cashed the check. When Ahumada's bank found out it was in his account they notified Ahumada. Presumptively, they also notified the city inasmuch as the investigation was at their request.

Ahumada made an interesting comment to the Herald - that his company makes a lot of large deposits. This is an odd statement unless it was an attempt to explain why he did not notice the extra money in his account and failed to take action until called by the bank.

I am cool with the idea he did not know he had $26,000 extra in his account, but then it tells me he is not a very good businessman when it comes to keeping his books.

Bobby WC

Thursday, December 04, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahumada is an appraiser. The real estate market is in the toilet, and a $26,000 check is common for him? I think I should look into becoming an appraiser. Ahumada just needs to keep his mouth shut! He is making this all about him, and those out to get him, instead of focusing on how a check was deposited into account that didn't match the name the check was made out to. All of this just turned this into a federal investigation!

Thursday, December 04, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why hasn't the D.A. acted in the same manner as the Mark Yates case?

Thursday, December 04, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to the Herald, the money was meant for the Brownsville Public Library. Why is the library conducting business with a company from New York? Have you all been to the library lately? They have old computers, many computers are not even working, missing books, horrible management etc. But they do have money to spend on Fall Fest and decorating the Central Branch for Christmas. Come on!

Thursday, December 04, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello! There is more than 1 library in brownsville. Venture out a little bit!You might learn something.

Thursday, December 04, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

My internet is down and I am at Southmost right now - I always get a computer. The staff is aways professional with me. As to books, you know what - donate books to help them build their collection.

I wanted to reread Cannery Row and they did not have it. I bought it, read it, and donated it tonight.

How about being proactive with the library and donating books.

Bobby WC

Thursday, December 04, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are several points to be considered here. Mayor Ahumada is an appraiser but he has other appraisers working for him, whom he pays.
Yes, income from other sources(appraisers)going into one account could make for large deposits. It's plausible that he would not have known immediately that the check was 'misdirected'. This has all come up in a short period of time.
It is plausible (and highly likely) that the deposit would have been discovered when quarterly reports were being prepared or the books wouldn't balance.
Clearly someone at city hall messed up (the check was 'misdirected') and clearly the bank messed up (not questioning the different name on the check) but before we try and convict the mayor, how about we wait for the results of the investigation?

Thursday, December 04, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not being too familiar with the personalities involved, I would just add: given the nature of the alleged misconduct and the propencity for melodrama in STx politics, I hope the investigation is thorough enough to identify who actually made the deposit. Having been familiar with local politics from a long time ago, I ask: are there other issues pending that might be affected by the distraction of "self-perpetuated martyrdom"? Like others, this otherwise just seems too blatant a fraud ..., not that others have been stopped from doing stupid things before. I would hope that the local political situation is better today than it was in years past.

Friday, December 05, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The D.A? So the indictment can get dismissed based on procedural errors and not on merit?

Friday, December 05, 2008  
Anonymous Kubrick said...

Why is Emma so eager to make excuses for Pat Ahumada?

He is an unpaid Mayor, a check from the City for $26,000 ends up in his account, stays there for months, has his signature on it.

Do you think, possibly, conceivably, Ahumada was running low on funds and deposited that check into his own account? No! He's been framed! Like, totally!

26 grand of City money appears in any other Commissioner's bank account, and Emma would have that Commissioner's head on a spike. Why the special treatment.

Also, how did the Imagine Brownsville grand finale event go last night? Was it worth $900,000 of our tax dollars?

Friday, December 05, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some idiot videotapes Cisneros in his boxer shorts and the Herald is all over it, but Pat deposits a $$26,000 check from a vendor in his bank account and not a whimper? Two days later the Herald runs an article on PAWS and a picture of somebody with political ambitions on the front page. What gives? No offense to our furry friends.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008  

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