Judge: Yzaguirre must stay away from tax office

BROWNSVILLE — Yesterday a visiting state district court judge in Brownsville ordered Cameron County Tax Assessor-Collector Tony Yzaguirre Jr. to stay away from the county’s tax office until his case has been resolved.

Yzaguirre, Pedro Garza Jr., Jose Mireles and Omar Sanchez Paz were arrested in January as the result of a two-year investigation under the code name “Operation Dirty Deeds. The group was accused of taking bribes, engaging in organized criminal activity and other charges.

The four appeared before visiting Senior State District Judge Manuel Banales for their arraignment hearing. Yesterday’s court proceedings were over in less than an hour as all four men waived the reading of the multiple charges against them.

Yzaguirre was indicted on 10 counts of bribery, 11 counts of abuse of official capacity, one count of official oppression and one count of engaging in organized criminal activity.

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