Former Maverick County Detective Indicted for Bribery
DEL RIO – An Eagle Pass man was arrested yesterday by the FBI in San Antonio on criminal charges related to his alleged role in a bribery scheme.
According to court documents, Fernando Leonel Chacon Jr., 41, allegedly devised a scheme to use his position with the Maverick County Sheriff’s Office to enrich himself by soliciting and accepting bribes of money and other things of value in exchange for removing pending tickets and arrest warrants against citizens.
Chacon is charged by a federal indictment with two counts of wire fraud. If convicted, Chacon faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on each count. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff of the Western District of Texas and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs made the announcement.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Kam is prosecuting the case.
The FBI, Texas Rangers and the Eagle Pass Police Department are investigating this case.
An indictment is merely an allegation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.