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Informant testifies against ex-narcotics officer

Narcotics Officer Anthony Alvarado faces 4 counts of misapplication of funds, fraud

During the second day of the trial of a former Bexar County Sheriff's narcotics officer prosecutors called confidential informants to the stand.
During the second day of the trial of a former Bexar County Sheriff's narcotics officer prosecutors called confidential informants to the stand.

SAN ANTONIO – Wednesday was Day 2 in the trial of former Bexar County Sheriff's Narcotics Officer Anthony Alvarado, who faces four counts of misapplication of funds and fraud.

And as promised on Tuesday, Prosecutor James Ishimoto called up confidential informants to back up the claim that Alvarado was forging vouchers intended for those informants and then, pocketing the money.

"I signed multiple blank vouchers when I first started," said one informant, who KSAT was asked not to identify. "And I never questioned him because I didn't think to question him."

That informant testified that Alvarado asked her to sign numerous blank vouchers.

Ishimoto showed the jury four vouchers with the informant's signature, including one for $2,000, all of which the informant said she never received payment on.

"There was quite a few that had my signature on them," said the informant. "And I know for a fact that I've never been to the houses where they were saying those vouchers came from."

However, Defense Attorney Mike McCrum brought up the informant's criminal history, asking if she had been in and out of jail for theft and fraud.

McCrum also asked the informant about times where she borrowed money from Alvarado -- all which she confirmed -- but still maintained her testimony over the vouchers.

Alvarado faces four counts of misapplication of funds and fraud.

If convicted, he could spend 10 years in prison.

The trial is set to continue on Thursday.

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