Cameron County DA Armando Villalobos under investigation
Mon, 07 May 2012 14:54:48 GMT —
Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos is holding a press conference to address longstanding rumors that he is under investigation by federal authorities.
During a Monday morning press conference, Villalobos confirmed that he's under investigation by federal authorities looking into the Abel Limas corruption scandal.
Limas, a former 404th State District Court Judge, and nine others have been indicted in federal court for their roles in a cash for court favors scheme.
Villalobos has not been formally charged in the case and is maintaining is his innocence.
"I have never attempted to use my office for financial gain," Villalobos said at the press conference. "I am innocent and prepared to fight the charges. I will not step down or quit the race for Congress."
Villalobos is among where eight Democrats vying for the U.S. Congress District 34 race in the May 29th primary election. Three Republicans are also competing for the seat.
According to his campaign website, Villalobos graduated from San Benito High School in 1986, the University of Texas at Austin in 1990 and Southern Methodist University Law School in 1993.
Villalobos was swept into office in an anti-corruption campaign back in 2004 and easily won re-election in 2008.
According to his campaign website, Villalobos oversees more than 100 employees at the District Attorney TMs Office.
After months of speculation, Villalobos officially announced his bid for U.S. Congress in December 2011.