News Dawg, what's going on in this Texas town?

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  1. Shithead

    Shithead Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2012
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    Is this the most corrupt place in America? Welcome to the Texas town where only ONE politician has not been arrested for taking bribes from mobsters or helping smuggle immigrants across the border

    Around 120 miles outside of San Antonio is Crystal City.
    Residents of the Texas town know it fondly as the Spinach Capital of the World, and have a statue of Popeye to show it.
    But the community of just over 7,000, which is just 50 miles from the Mexico border has also got a growing reputation.
    It is now regarded as one of the most corrupt places in the country
    Only one of the town's city council members is not facing some sort of federal charge. Even the mayor has been arrested, prompting a push for a recall.
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    Crystal City, Texas, once fondly known as the Spinach Capital of the World, has quickly become one of the most corrupt towns in the United States. Only one of the town's city council members is not facing some sort of federal charge and FBI raids have been common in recent weeks
    The city's manager, who has also been arrested, has been suspended and recent residents noticed their water supplies had turned black.
    A second councilman is already charged in a separate case with smuggling Mexican immigrants.
    Every year in November, there is a spinach festival with a cook-off and a beauty pageant draws tens of thousands of people each year.
    But in recent months, the town has been in the news for turmoil at City Hall and allegations of misuse of public money.
    The mayor, city manager, mayor pro tempore, one of three current councilmen and a former councilman were all arrested under an indictment obtained by the U.S. attorney's office in San Antonio, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney has said.
    The indictment accuses the town's leadership of using their positions 'to enrich themselves by soliciting and accepting payments and other things of value.'
    Also charged was Ngoc Tri Nguyen, alleged to be an operator of illegal gambling rooms, who was nicknamed Mr T.
    FBI agents gather outside the home of Crystal City, Mayor Ricardo Lopez for his arrest on on February 4, 2016
    Lopez, who faces federal indictment for taking $6,000 from a gambling mobster, stands outside his home. He has become an emblem for the corruption that has besieged the town
    Crystal City Mayor Ricardo Lopez took $6,000 from Nguyen to buy a vehicle, the indictment alleges.
    In return, he allegedly waived some taxes for Nguyen and had employees close competing casinos that violate state law but exist informally throughout South Texas.
    Lopez allegedly told city employees inspecting Nguyen's property to 'make it easy.' He was arrested and then jailed again when he tried to disrupt a city council meeting where they were discussing the potential of a recall.
    The disgraced politician recessed the meeting and headed home to collect documents that he said supported his position
    City Manager William James Jonas and Mayor Pro Tempore Rogelio Mata are accused of giving a contractor a $12,000 payment 'in exchange for payments and other things of value.'
    And Lopez, Rogelio Mata, current councilman Roel Mata and former councilman Gilbert Urrabazo are accused of voting to keep Jonas as city attorney and city manager at a salary reported by local media to exceed $200,000.
    Lopez (left) and City Manager William James Jonas (right) are both accused of accepting thousands of dollars worth of bribes
    Mayor Pro Tempore Rogelio Mata (left) and current councilman Roel Mata (right) are accused of accepting bribes to re-elect James Jonas, among other offenses
    Former councilman Gilbert Urrabazo (pictured) is also accused of voting to keep Jonas as city attorney and city manager at a salary reported by local media to exceed $200,000 in exchange for payments
    In exchange, Jonas provided payments and other illegal benefits to the four leaders, the indictment alleges.
    The officials are accused of accepting bribes from Ngoc Tri Nguyen (pictured), alleged to be an operator of illegal gambling rooms, who was nicknamed Mr T
    Joel Barajas, who has been the only person going into work at city hall since the scandal broke, told the Dallas Morning News: 'If this is a wake-up call for all other towns and cities and other municipal areas, thank God.
    'I don’t know how it got to that, but it got there, and I think one of the main reasons is we had people that used their position for bad. I just pray for the rest of the councilmen.'
    Residents who have been interviewed about what has happened said the arrests are painful but necessary.
    'Crystal City is a good town,' said 67-year-old Maria Sanchez Rivera, a lifelong resident. 'If you do wrong, you have to face your consequences. We've got laws for everything and we've got to abide by what the law says.'
    Richard Durbin Jr., the U.S. attorney for San Antonio, said he hoped the indictment would help restore public confidence in local government, but that his office could only go so far. None of the officials will immediately lose their positions.
    'What we can do is that first step,' Durbin said in an interview. 'In the end, it falls back on the citizens to make the next decision on who they put in those offices, because that's how the system works.'
    Lopez (center) was taken away from City Hall by police Tuesday after allegedly disrupting a City Council meeting while fighting a recall effort
  2. HS Cult Leader

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  3. Dick Fitzwell

    Dick Fitzwell Opinions are like assholes ... and so am I Banned User

    Dec 13, 2011
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    It used to be the spinach capital. Now it looks like it's the Spanich capital.
  4. yaddc

    yaddc Well-Known Member

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    Ilove Texas toast.