Hidalgo County Judge Arrested and Charged with Bribery
McALLEN, Texas - A Texas state district judge has been arrested on allegations he accepted approximately $6000 in cash bribes, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick, Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the FBI - San Antonio Division.
Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado, 64, of Edinburg, is currently the presiding judge for the 93rd District Court for the State of Texas and has jurisdiction over Texas criminal and civil cases located within Hidalgo County. He was charged in a criminal complaint with bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds.
Authorities took Delgado into custody on Friday. He made his initial appearance earlier today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Scott Hacker, at which time he was permitted release upon posting $100,000 bond.
The criminal complaint alleges Delgado accepted bribes from an attorney in exchange for favorable judicial consideration on cases pending in his courtroom. Delgado allegedly accepted bribes on three separate occasions in exchange for Delgado agreeing to release three clients on bond with cases pending before his court. The first two bribes allegedly totaled approximately $520 in cash. The third bribe occurred in January 2018, at which time Delgado accepted approximately $5,500 in cash, according to the charges.
If convicted, Delgado faces up to 10 years in federal prison.
The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Julie Searle and Robert Guerra and Trial Attorneys Peter Nothstein and Todd Gee of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section are prosecuting the case.
A criminal complaint is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.