Tuesday, June 05, 2007

"Former Frio official arrested on embezzlement charge"

When you pay your taxes, you would expect the tax collector to actually turn over the proceeds to the governing authorities, wouldn't you?

Wouldn't you?

From Jeorge Zarazua of the Express-News:

A former Frio County tax assessor collector is free on bond this morning after being arrested Monday on a felony theft charge, alleging he pocketed more than $250,000 in taxpayer money for personal use.

Hector Michael Cantu, 40, was arrested after a grand jury returned an indictment against him on the theft charge, said Frio County Sheriff Lionel TreviƱo.


Authorities said Cantu used his authority while in office to steal the funds and then manipulate the records so that others wouldn’t become aware of the missing money.

And, the part that should keep taxpayers on their toes:
Cantu now works with the City of Pearsall in its finance department.

Watch out, Pearsall.

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