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Two Cameron County employees accused of changing hours on time cards

September 18, 2018

LOS FRESNOS — Two Cameron County employees have been arrested and charged with theft and tampering with government records for allegedly lying on their time cards.

According to Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio, Los Fresnos councilwoman Belinda Garza and another woman, Melissa Escalante, both work for Cameron County Justice of the Peace Juan Mendoza.

The sheriff says both women confessed to turning in official county time sheets for hours they had not reported for work.

The 29-year-old Escalante was arrested on Sept. 10 and the 52-year-old Garza was arrested on Sept 11.

Both women were given bonds of $5,000 for tampering with government records and $2,500 for theft. It is unclear how many hours the two women were paid for not working.

rgarcia@valleystar.com

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