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      Cameron County DA targets "ambulance chasers"

      Luis Saenz // File Photo

      Cameron County TMs top prosecutor is speaking out about ambulance chasing and related crimes.

      A grand jury indicted 50-year-old Graciela Martinez Perrill and 28-year-old Eric Edward Hernandez last week.

      Both of them are charged with barratry, which is illegally soliciting victims of accidents or crimes to choose an attorney.

      The two incidents took place at the Brownsville Police Department back in November.

      Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz said his office is taking a stand against ambulance chasing.

      Texas Barratry laws are designed to protect you at a time of tragedy, Saenz said. If you feel that you have been avictim of this crime, please report it to the police.

      Sara Stapleton with the Cameron County Bar Association (CCBA) said victims have a right to choose an attorney without harassment.

      Beware of strangers showing up at your home or place of work to offer either legal services, medical assistance or body shop services, CCBA President Sara Stapleton said.

      Investigators have not revealed which attorneys Perrill and Hernandez were soliciting for.

      But the Cameron County District Attorney TMs Office reports there is no evidence the attorney or attorneys were aware of their actions.