City commissioner turns himself in, still running for re-election

Edcouch City Commissioner Noe Garcia, Jr. turns himself in to police

A city commissioner is behind bars after allegedly stealing funds and using it for personal use.

Edcouch City Commissioner Noe Garcia Jr. turned himself in after he was charged with two counts of theft by a public servant.

Garcia is running for re-election and supporters said he will win.

City Commissioners for Edcouch take three to four work trips a year.

The cost of the trips are covered.

The city manager filed a complaint against one of the commissioners were pocketing the traveling money.

According to court documents, Garcia, took work trips to the Fort Worth area and South Padre Island.

The documents stated that a total of $700 was given to Garcia to drive to both locations. Garcia allegedly took rides with other city officials who didn TMt return the money that was supposed to be used for traveling expenses. According to police, a warrant was put out for Garcia TMs arrest in September.

Few details were released but police did confirm an investigation began at the beginning of this year.

"These kinds of things send a bad message not just here in Edcouch, but anywhere and it TMs unfortunate that these kinds of things have happened in the past," said Edcouch Chief of Police Eloy Cardenas. According to authorities, the investigation is ongoing.

Police told Action 4 News that more charges may be filed. A bond was set at $20,000 for Garcia.