Former investigator indicted as 10th person in Abel Limas scandal
Wed, 24 Aug 2011 21:10:45 GMT —
A former Cameron County District Attorney's Office investigator has been identified as the 10th person indicted in connection to the Abel Limas cash for court favors scandal.
On Wednesday afternoon, authorities unsealed a federal indictment filed against 47-year-old Jaime Munivez.
The former investigator is accused in a five-page, five count indictment of collaborating with drug traffickers and former 404th State District Court Judge Limas.
Court records show that Munivez and Limas corruption scandal suspect Jose Manuel Longoria obtained property for an unnamed drug trafficker.
Munivez is also accused of abusing his post to help track down a missing truck filled with drug cash in the Houston area.
The indictment shows that Munivez even leaked information to a murder suspect Pepe Villarreal about his case.
Court records show that a federal grand jury indicted Munivez back on July 19th but the case remained sealed until Wednesday.
Munivez appeared before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Felix Recio in Brownsville on Wednesday afternoon.
Judge Recio issued a $75,000 dollar unsecured bond for Munivez.
The former investigator is next scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment on Thursday, September 1st.
Suspects Charged In Connection to Abel Limas Case:Suspect Role Charged Guilty Plea Sentencing Abel Limas Judge March 29th March 31st October 3rd Jose Manuel Longoria Middleman March 30th N/A N/A Jose Santiago Solis Attorney April 29th April 29th October 12th Ray Roman Marchan Attorney June 21st N/A N/A Francisco Cisneros Bondsman June 21st August 8th November 14th Armando Pea Probationer June 21st July 19th October 24th Karina Pea Wife June 21st July 26th October 31st Jaime Munivez DA Investigator July 19th N/A N/A Joe Valle Attorney August 10th August 10th November 14th Marc Rosenthal Attorney August 16th N/A N/A
Statement from Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos:
We are shocked and saddened by the allegations against Jaime. While he worked here, he displayed a good work ethic and seemed very respectful of his peers in law enforcement. We have reviewed his work product and his passwords for our computer systems, and find no breach in security that would cause us concern at this point in time. We would expect the Federal Government to inform us if there are any cases that they are aware of, that have been compromised by Jaime TMs previous employment with our office. Nothing in Jaime TMs past gave us concern for the possibility of these types of allegations. He comes from a good family, his wife is the principal at Harlingen High School. Jaime came to work for us in January of 2005, having had a long career in law enforcement with the County, starting with the Sheriff TMs office in 1985 to 1989, Bailiff for Judge Darrell Hester from 1989 to 1998, Bailiff for Judge Janet Leal from 1999 to 2000, a short period of time with US Border Patrol in 2000, and Bailiff for Judge Abel Limas from 2001 to 2004. Jaime resigned from our office in April of 2011. Our understanding was that after 25+ years with the County, he wanted to try other ventures, including a catering company that he was going to open upon leaving our office. We hope the allegations are not true, but if proven, we expect Jaime to accept his transgressions and due punishment.