DOJ: 3 arrested for stealing funds from Maverick County
Defendants stole money intended to buy equipment to benefit Maverick County
MAVERICK COUNTY, Texas - Federal agents arrested one current and one former Maverick County employee, as well as an accomplice, charged with wire fraud and stealing approximately $17,500 in County funds.
A grand jury indictment charges 32-year-old former Maverick County Purchasing Agent Juan Carlos Moncada, 33-year-old Maverick County Precinct One Foreman Jaime Flores, and 37–year-old Eagle Pass resident Joe Rodriguez with two counts of wire fraud. Moncada and Flores are also charged with one count of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds; Rodriguez, aiding and abetting theft concerning programs receiving federal funds.
According to the indictment, in September 2011, the Maverick County Commissioner’s Court approved the purchase of a forklift to aid in county food distribution. The indictment states that Flores signed a hand-written invoice indicating that he received a 15,000 pound forklift from Rodriguez’s company, Capitol Construction.
Maverick County subsequently issued Capitol Construction a check for $9,700, which Rodriguez deposited into a bank account he controlled. The indictment also states that in October 2011, Maverick County issued an additional check to Capitol Construction in the amount of $7,870 for a “Motor for Water Truck and Forklift,” which Rodriguez also deposited into his account.
The indictment also states that Moncada provided the Maverick County auditor paperwork, including a photograph of a forklift, falsely claiming that Maverick County had received the forklift from Capitol Construction. The indictment alleges that Moncada and Flores took photographs of a privately owned forklift to submit with the paperwork, knowing that Maverick County had not received the forklift from Capitol Construction.
According to the indictment, as of October 10, 2012, Rodriguez had not provided the forklift or the “Motor for Water Truck and Forklift” to Maverick County. They face up to 20 years in federal prison for each wire fraud charge and up to ten years in federal prison for the theft related charge.
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