Brownsville Attorney Linked to Bribery Case

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POSTED: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 7:32am

UPDATED: Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 9:53am

Two more people have been linked to the bribery case of former Cameron County District Judge Abel Limas.

The two indictments are for Brownsville attorney Ray Marchan and Francisco Cisneros, a bails bondsman. Both men appeared in a federal courtroom on Wednesday and Marchan was charged with racketeering, conspiracy, aiding and abetting  and extortion. Federal prosecutors say Marchan paid the former judge more than $6,000 dollars in bribe money in exchange for favorable rulings in a civil case. Marchan pleaded not guilty and his bond was set at $100,000 dollars with the trial being set for September. Cisneros was charged with extortion, aiding and abetting and extortion for paying Limas for favorable treatment to his client and he is being held without a bond.

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Marchan's ad-litem kickback in the Mancillas trial is the tip of the iceberg. Marchan worked with attorneys Albert Garcia and Rick Zayas to bring a charity, the National Heritage Foundation, into Limas' court. The trial, influenced by Limas, resulted in millions. We hope the FBI finds the dirty money trail.

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