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South Texas mayor arrested, accused of bribery, fraud

Peñitas Mayor Rodrigo Lopez was arrested Monday as he re-entered the country at the Hidalgo...
Peñitas Mayor Rodrigo Lopez was arrested Monday as he re-entered the country at the Hidalgo Port of Entry.(City of Penitas)
Published: Jun. 14, 2022 at 4:01 PM CDT
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MCALLEN, Texas (AP) - A South Texas mayor has been arrested after a federal indictment accused him of committing bribery and fraud. Peñitas Mayor Rodrigo Lopez was arrested Monday as he re-entered the country at the Hidalgo Port of Entry. The two-count indictment accuses Lopez of embezzling from the La Joya Independent School District. From March through August 2018, the district made purchases totaling about $70,000 from a business Lopez runs, the indictment alleges. Lopez also is accused of offering a bribe to a district employee concerning those purchases. If convicted, Lopez faces up to 10 years in prison per count.

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