New details on Brownsville fire lieutenant's arrest
New details have emerged after former Brownsville fire Chief Carlos Elizondo was arrested for theft.
Brownsville Firefighters Association President Jorge Lerma tells CBS 4 News about the association’s own investigation of Elizondo.
According to Lerma, in 2010, the Texas Ethics Commission suspended Elizondo from the Political Action Committee treasury after he failed to disclose PAC information.
In March, the association initiated its own audit after it saw inconsistencies while Elizondo maintained control of the funds. They saw multiple ATM withdrawals from the PAC account. After finding discrepancies, the association asked its bank for records.
Lerma says they only have information on the PAC account dating back to January 2014, and he wants to know where the rest of the documents are.
“Maybe we can get some answers. We tried on three occasions to get records and documentation from Carlos Elizondo himself. We waited as long as we could and we never got an answer as to how to identify where the expenditures went," Lerma said.
The city of Brownsville on Wednesday suspended Elizondo without pay effective immediately.
Elizondo, a member of the Brownsville ISD Board of Trustees, is still on the board, according to Brownsville ISD superintendent Esperanza Zendejas. Zendejas added that Elizondo’s current status does not involve BISD.
Multiple attempts to reach Elizondo and his legal team were unsuccessful Wednesday.