Former Hidalgo building inspector accused of bribery, abuse of official capacity


    Francisco Martinez, 60, of Hidalgo has been charged with bribery, a second-degree felony, and abuse of official capacity, a state jail felony. (Photo Source: Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)

    Police arrested the city of Hidalgo's former building inspector on charges of bribery and abuse of official capacity on Monday, according to probable cause affidavits obtained by CBS 4 News.

    Police say Francisco Martinez, 60, of Hidalgo requested and accepted $9,000 from two women in exchange for a city permit or paper for their business.

    At the time of the exchange, according to the affidavit, Martinez was dressed in a city of Hidalgo uniform and arrived in a city of Hidalgo vehicle.

    The women reported Martinez to police after he allegedly requested an additional $3,500 "in order to convince the City personnel in the meeting that he was going to attend," according to the affidavit.

    Our media partners at The Monitor report that Martinez is no longer employed with the city.

    Martinez has been charged with bribery, a second-degree felony, and abuse of official capacity, a state jail felony.

    He was booked into the Hidalgo County jail Monday on a $150,000 bond.

    Court records don’t list an attorney for Martinez.


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