Eight deputies fired for cheating on entrance exam

Action 4 News has confirmed that eight Cameron County Sheriff's Department deputies have been fired amid allegations that they cheated on a county civil service employment entrance exam.

An anonymous law enforcement source with close ties to the investigation spoke to Action 4 News about the case.

Both Cameron County Sheriff's Department and the Cameron County District Attorney's Office conducted a joint investigation.

The eight fired deputies have been charged with tampering with governmental records and misuse of official information, the law enforcement source said.

The investigation revealed at least one deputy took a cell phone photo of the exam and shared it with others to give or gain an unfair advantage with the exam, the source added.

The eight deputies were suspended with pay and later terminated as a result of the investigation by the sheriff's department.

All the deputies were reportedly trainee rookies on probation with the exception of one who had been there for more than a year.

Administrators were reportedly shocked to learn of the allegations and make it clear that they do not tolerate anyone compromising the integrity of the department, the source said.

The county's human resources department is responsible for overseeing, creating and monitoring every county employee who tests.

A press conference has been called for early this afternoon at the Cameron County Sheriff's Department regarding this breaking news.

Action 4 News will be at the meeting and update this story as warranted.