Former Brownsville Fire Chief Elizondo Followup

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The 11 counts in computer security breach charges still stand for Carlos Elizondo. News center 23’s Derick Garcia Continues Our Team Coverage. 

Late last month Carlos Elizondo was indicted by a grand jury. He’s accused of accessing Brownsville’s emergency reporting databases 11 times. It was a condition of his October 2017 suspension.

In 2017, the former fire chief was charged with one count of theft by a public servant and one count of misapplication of fiduciary property. 

Those charges stem from a complaint filed against Elizondo last August by the Brownsville Fire Fighters Association.

Elizondo’s former BISD board colleague helped firefighters with their complaint which accused the ex top fire official of taking eight thousand dollars from his fellow fire fighters political action committee bank account. 

“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.” Said Caty Presas-Garcia, former BISD board member.

Elizondo has also been linked to an audit report which accuses him and former city manager Charlie Cabler of rerouting non-emergency calls to a private ambulance company. 

Brownsville PD could not release certain records citing an ongoing criminal investigation. No charges have been filed from that audit report. 

However, Charlie Cabler retired and in his retirement letter said, “I am deeply concerned that my continued presence will serve to further distract our noble commission from securing a full and transparent audit into the issues.”

Trial dates are pending for the security charges and the theft charges. 

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