EXCLUSIVE: Fire Chief Accused of Theft Has Trial Pushed To April, Attorney Claims “He’s Innocent”

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The trial for Former Brownsville Fire Chief Carlos Elizondo has been pushed back to April 9th 2018.

On October 23rd 2017, Elizondo’s Brownsville home was raided by Cameron County District Attorney Investigators. On the same day, Elizondo turned himself into authorities when a warrant was issued for Theft by a Public Servant and Misapplication of Fiduciary Property.

Elizondo’s attorney Eddie Lucio argues the charges are confusing, “When you are dealing with a simple assault case you know what it is. People know I assaulted you. When you talk about misapplication of fiduciary property you know that doesn’t register as easily.” Lucio said.

News Center 23’s Derick Garcia spoke one-on-one with Lucio.

“You can’t just pull out a certain portion of any record and show it to the jury. I think when the jury finally sees all the records in this case we’re going to be able to show that Mr. Elizondo was actually innocent in this case,” Lucio said.

The charges stem from a complaint filed by Brownsville Fire Fighters Association who accuse Elizondo, who was solely responsible for the account, of misusing money and leaving dollars unaccounted for.

“[Brownsville Firefighters Association] came to me to inquire about the process for how they could get the information together to be able to provide to the Texas ethics Commission.” explained Caty Presas-Garcia.

Presas-Garcia served with Carlos Elizondo on the BISD school board. She recalls the faces of the firefighters who took over the PAC and helped build a case for the TEC.

“If the Texas ethics Commission has no jurisdiction then it goes into the district attorneys and local police department because that is their jurisdiction and that is something that the Texas Ethics Commission will share also with the complainant.” Said Presas.

The compiled evidence was shared with Brownsville Investigators and District Attorney Luis Saenz. Based on information released by the Texas Ethics Commission, under Elizondo’s direction, fiscal reports were not turned in and certain expenses were not authorized, meaning money went missing.

“That is what these reports are for,” said Presas-Garcia, “You [Elizondo] received the money and that money is received and where is it spent? How is it spent and is it within the requirements that your PAC has? “asked Presas on behalf of the firefighters.

 The firefighters News Center 23 spoke with said most of them give money from every paycheck and that the allegations are disheartening.

“The firefighters that are donating and contributing to the PAC really believe and entrust that whoever is handling the PAC is truly honest and abides by the regulations of the PAC. That was not the case here.” Presas-Garcia explained.

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