Tuesday morning San Benito Mayor Joe Hernandez turned himself into the Carrizalez-Rucker Detention Center in Olmito in connection with the Raspagate scandal.
He is charged with abuse of official capacity and tampering with government property. A $5,000 bond was posted.
We attempted to ask the mayor about the charges as he was leaving the detention center. Hernandez said, My attorney advised me not to comment, by his side attorney Rey Rodriguez.
Hernandez is accused to have used his barbershop property to allow a mobile raspa or Noe TMs Tropical Sno-Wiz stand to operate, which is against city ordinance. The property is located on Robertson Street.
According to the indictment on July 11, 2011 the mayor placed a revision in the San Benito City Commission agenda to ordinance 2385-A when he knew a conflict of interest existed.
Back in January he spoke to Action 4 News about the allegations involving the raspa stand.
Hernandez said I guess I just happened to get permission from somebody to put my raspa stand next to my property.
Hernandez told Action 4 News there are dozens of other businesses in the city doing the exact same thing.
Tuesday neither the city attorney nor mayor would return our calls.