Brownsville Mayor Will Be Arraigned

POSTED: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 3:44pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:33am

Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada will be formally charged Wednesday with abuse of office and theft for allegedly depositing a check for $26,000 dollars written to a New York-based vendor in his own bank account.
A grand jury indicted Mayor Ahumada in late March on charges of abuse of office and theft because of a check for a city vendor ended up in his personal account.
This is him leaving after being booked at the Cameron County Jail.
Ahumada denies the charges and says he is ready to go to trial.
City manager Charlie Cabler says his arraignment tomorrow will have no effect on Ahumada's duties as mayor.

"He can still serve, and obviously everyone has the right his day in court."

However, if the mayor is convicted of a felony on the charges, the city manager says things may change. Under the city charter the city manager says he would be out of office.

"What i am reading you better not lose your ability to vote, and if you do you need to forfeit your office."

The city manager adds the day to day operations of the city continue.

"This issue with the mayor is not affecting us, it's not causing any slow down in operations police, fire, and the public are working just as we always have."

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