San Benito mayor surrenders in "Raspagate" scandal

Mayor Joe Hernandez during his arraignment

San Benito Mayor Joe Hernandez has surrendered to authorities after being indicted in the ongoing "Raspagate" scandal.

Hernandez appeared with his attorney at the Carrizalez-Rucker Detention Center in Olmito on Tuesday morning.

A Cameron County grand jury indicted Hernandez for abuse of official capacity.

Hernandez appeared before a magistrate judge where he was issued a $5,000 dollar cash surety bond.

The San Benito mayor is accused of using his barber shop property to allow a mobile raspa or snow cone stand to operate against city ordinances.

Hernandez declined to comment while leaving the jail but told Action 4 News in a previous interview that he denies any wrongdoing.

In that previous interview, Hernandez said he takes his job as an elected official very seriously.

A court date for Hernandez was not immediately available.