Rep. Kino Flores Indicted on Record-Tampering and Perjury
POSTED: Friday, July 17, 2009 - 4:40pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm
Tonight plans are in place to issue a warrant for State Representative, Kino Flores.
Today, a Grand Jury indicted the lawmaker, finding enough evidence of record tampering and perjury to officially charge him.
There are six indictments against the Palmview Democrat.
The Travis County District Clerk will issue a warrant for his arrest on Monday.
They've worked out a deal, where he'll be booked out the same day.
Travis County District Attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg announced that a Grand Jury returned these indictments against Flores.
The Democrat Representative is charged with 16 counts of tampering with a government record and three counts of perjury.
A Grand Jury alos found enough evidence to indict 50-year old, Flores for not listing income sources, gifts recieved, property holdings, and real estate sales in a required personal financial report.
In a Statement to News Center 23, Representative Flores says,
"When I was first elected to represent my constituents, I took an oath to uphold the laws, ethics, and rules of this great state. At no point during my public service, have I intentionally or knowingly violated any state law or rule."
He goes on to say, "So today I am extremely disappointed that The Travis County Public Integrity Unit has decided to hand down an indictment agianst me after a lengthy investigation into my personal and political dealings. Today's indictment concerns a number of reports that were allegedly incomplete."
We also talked to Flores' lawyer, Roy Minton. He says in a written statement...
"In court we will show that there was no intention to omit any information from these reports. If there was any failure, it was just an oversight."
If convicted on any of the tampering charges, Flores could face up to six months to two years in jail and up to a 10-thousand dollar fine.
Each perjury charge carries up to one year in jail and up to a four-thousand dollar fine.
Representative Flores also says, He can assure everyone that he'll continue to fight hard for District 36, to clear his name.
He's asking for everyone's prayers and thoughts during this time.