Weslaco Woman Indicted for Making False Allegations Against a Federal Agent
HOUSTON – A Weslaco woman has been arrested for falsely accusing a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent of taking bribes, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
Candida Marroquin-Mobley, 41, of Weslaco, was taken into custody today. She is expected to make her initial appearance before a U.S. magistrate judge in McAllen on Monday, May 2.
The indictment, returned April 27, 2016, alleges she made materially false statements to a federal agent. She allegedly stated that she was aware of a DEA agent who was “on the take” and receiving bribes. Marroquin-Mobley knew both that the statements were false and that the special agent in question had not received bribes, according to the allegations.
If convicted, she faces up to five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine.
The Department of Justice - Office of the Inspector General investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ted Imperato and Sam Brown IV are prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.