Authorities: Tax office employee faces charge

SAN BENITO — And then there were five.

Another employee with the Cameron County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office has been arrested in connection with an undercover operation dubbed “Operation Dirty Deeds,” in which several employees have been accused of taking bribes and other charges.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers arrested Claudia Elisa Sanchez on Wednesday and charged her with one count of tampering with government records, DPS spokesman Johnny Hernandez stated. Sanchez worked at the tax assessor-collector’s office in San Benito.

No other information on her arrest was immediately available. Her arrest is the fifth one tied to “Operation Dirty Deeds.”

Earlier this year, Cameron County Tax Assessor-Collector Tony Yzaguirre Jr. was arrested along with county tax investigator Pedro Garza, dealer/notary supervisor Omar Sanchez-Paz and Chief of Investigations Lt. Jose Mireles as the result of a two-year DPS investigation of the operations of the tax assessor-collector’s office.

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