He’s been fired from his job as a Bexar County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officer for allegedly forging payment vouchers that were used to obtain cash to pay confidential informants.

Following his dismissal, the case against Anthony Alvarado, 34, was sent to the grand jury and he was indicted on fraud, theft and misapplication of funds charges.

During his two-week trial in Judge Lori Valenzuela’s 437th District Court, prosecutors portrayed Alvarado as a dirty cop who took advantage of department payment policies.

His lawyers claimed that Alvarado was a good, hard-working undercover officer who made more cases than his colleagues.

That, they say, created resentment among other officers.

They also said that vague department policies led to the charges.

If he is found guilty, Alvarado is facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Jury deliberations began late Thursday afternoon.

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