Yzaguirre to remain on payroll

BROWNSVILLE — Although Cameron County Tax Assessor-Collector Tony Yzaguirre Jr. was ordered to stay away from the county tax office Thursday by a visiting state district judge, he’ll stay on the county payroll, officials said yesterday.

Cameron County Commissioners Court civil litigation attorney Juan Gonzalez said yesterday the order banning Yzaguirre from performing any of his duties by visiting state district judge Manuel Banales will not affect county residents.

On Jan. 6, Yzaguirre and three other county tax office employees, Pedro Garza Jr., Jose Mireles and Omar Sanchez Paz, were arrested 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.

Thursday, as a condition of bond, Banales ordered Yzaguirre not communicate or supervise any of the employees from the tax office.

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