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Report: Feds Say Texas Border Counties Rife with Corruption

Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 11:17 AM

The FBI is set to hand down a series of corruption indictments against public officials along the Texas border following a massive joint-task force investigation, Breitbart reported.

The Rio Grande Valley was targeted by the agency after state judges, district attorneys, county sheriffs, police chiefs, mayors, school board presidents and various other municipal officials had become embroiled in corruption scandals, according to Breitbart.

The allegations included buying votes with cocaine, taking bribes to approve deals, rigging contracts, and having criminal ties to drug traffickers.

To battle the increasing corruption in the Texas border counties, the FBI created a special task force consisting of Texas Rangers, Homeland Security Internal Affairs, the Office of Inspector General, as well as FBI agents and various members from local police departments, according to the political news website.

Rock Stone, the FBI special agent heading the task force, told Breitbart: "When you receive public money for your job, you are held to a higher standard. When you violate that, you erode the public’s trust in their government.

"In the case of the Rio Grande Valley, we have seen some grave injustices that we have addressed and we will continue to address, but we need the public’s help for this. We can’t start an investigation until someone in the community steps forward and tells us what is going on.

"You will be surprised, in the coming weeks and months, you’ll start seeing multiple indictments come down targeting public corruption," Stone said. "We do ask a little bit of patience, our investigations are very thorough so they take some time, but we will get it done."

Stone urged possible whistleblowers in county tax offices, municipal governments, school boards, and law enforcement agencies, to come forward if they believe that a crime has been or still is being perpetrated.

"I come from Washington, D.C., and in this particular task that I consider that beneficial because I don’t have personal ties that could be considered a conflict of interest," Stone added.

"I don’t go fishing with certain official or go have barbecue with this other individual. We will investigate every entity and everyone that we get information on."

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