Monday, February 6, 2017


By Juan Montoya
For years, when Pete Sepulveda was the administrator for Cameron County, he took his assistant David Garcia under his wing.
Despite criticism against Garcia from certain quarters, Sepulveda looked out for his assistant and even secured a $75,000 stipend from the Cameron County regional Mobility Authority which raised his salary to $180,000.

Image result for david garcia, cameron countyGarcia, a holdover from the Gilbert Hinojosa administration was hired at the urging of Lencho Rendon, former U.S. Rep. Salomon Ortiz's right-hand man. Ostensibly, he was to serve as a congressional liaison and made an administrative assistant. As such, he was drawing his salary from several funds in the county.

Finally, the county worked out an arrangement with the CCRMA where it paid the county for work performed by Garcia. He lost the $75,000 stipend. But when Sepulveda's was appointed interim county judge, Garcia was promoted to county administrator and his $75,000 was returned.

You'd think that Garcia would have been grateful to Sepulveda for standing up for him all those years. But guess what? He will be the main witness against his former benefactor when Sepulveda is tried by the Cameron County District Attorney's Office accused of using county materials and employees to pave a private road in San Benito for Anita Weaver.

If anyone should know about who approved of the deal it should be Garcia, since he is the county administrator in charge of Public Works and Transportation.
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Sepulveda made his first appearance in court last week in front of 103rd state District Court Judge Janet Leal. A grand jury indicted him on charges of abuse of official capacity, theft by a public servant, and misapplication of fiduciary property in December of 2016.

Sepulveda’s defense attorney, Noe Garza, initially asked for a continuance and a May trial date for his client. Judge Leal refused his request, but eventually agreed to a pretrial and announcement appearance March 24, with the trial scheduled for April 3.

This will  not be the first time that Garcia has served as a witness for the prosecution. The last time it was int he trial of former commissioner Ernie Hernandez, who was indicted on two counts of abuse of official capacity, one count of misuse of official information, two counts of witness tampering, one count of tampering with a government record, one count of obstruction or retaliation, one count of coercion by a public officials.

The indictments dealt with the plot by Hernandez to get his brother-in-law Roberto Cadriel a job even though he did not qualify for it.
Eventually, in return for his resignation, Hernandez was granted deferred adjudication and pleaded guilty to one count of coercion by a public official.

During the trial, Garcia testified in court that a reorganization of the county's Human Resources office was done at the urging of Hernandez to get even with the staff for leaking information about the scheme and for leaking the information on the plot to the DA's Office.

During his testimony, Garcia testified that he had a deal with the District Attorney’s Office to avoid prosecution for truthful testimony. He told the court that, at Salazar’s urging, he passed Cadriel’s security guard application along to Bridge Director David Silva.

But what he didn't say was that the reorganization at HR had been in the works for months before and that former HR director Arnold Flores had been trying to get it approved by the county commissioners. In fact, the agenda where it was included had not even been posted when he testified about ti to the jury.

This type of manipulation by the DA's Office with the help of Garcia, the willing– and consummate – insider, shows how rampant back stabbing is in the environment in which he thrives. Can any of the county commissioners have any confidence in this type of administrator? If he can do this to his long-time benefactor to protect his interests, imagine what he will do to them if push comes to shove.


Anonymous said...

And who is David Garcia's go to attorney. Jonathan Gracia. Another little worm that can't be trusted.

Anonymous said...

That is typical of county workers ungrateful bastards ! And the boss will throw his employees under the bus too there is no loyalty its dog eat dog , shit always rolls downhill the county is a shit hole !

Anonymous said...

You keep talking like he is gong to spend the next few decades in jail, but seem to forget our Prosecutor can't prosecute.

Anonymous said...

pinche mamon maniatas es un lambe huevos d todos los comisionados en especial la sofia benavidez

Anonymous said...

Fking manitas time to get a real job mamon

Anonymous said...

Pinche manitas no vales madre!!!!!! You are as much corrupt as all the crooked elected officials you serve!! Your time is coming!! Karma is a bitch! What goes around comes around!

Anonymous said...

Biggest fucking back stabber at the county

Anonymous said...

Has anyone seen the Geico commercial about the alligator at a restaurant trying to pick up the check?

chief cool arrow said...

pete if you want to win, need to get your case moved to Nueces county too much publicity here in cameron county plus you cant get an impartial jury without them being biased cus they heard about the case already just like tony the tiger and hire that lucio atty guy or you will be fried here in Cameron county. cca

Anonymous said...

Little david would stab his mother if it got him a brownie.

Anonymous said...

U cant trust a TRex

Anonymous said...

Hey Juan! Off subject , but,is that the county engineer in the police blog?

Anonymous said...

THERE is so much corruption in Cameron County from creating positions with top pay for their friends, compadres, relatives and etc. to handle their dirty deeds, people with no degrees and experiences getting pay top dollars verses employees with their degrees and experience and knowledge of the job, and much more and that's just the top on the cake. It's out of control

Anonymous said...

Boy T-Rex... you will never change, you would ButtFuck your oun mother if she baked you a cookie and helped you wipe your ass. BTW, please tell us how you wipe your ass or.... Jack off?
Remember, You suck and you are next :)