Damning Testimony in Corruption Trial


POSTED: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 11:34am

UPDATED: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 4:12pm

EL PASO - Testimony continues today for Ernie Lopez, a key figure in the FBI corruption investigation.

Lopez was chief operating officer for NCED, the National Center for Employment of the Disabled.

He is accused of embezzling millions of dollars from government programs.

Former employees testified that a million boxes were made outside of NCED, and that the majority of employees did not appear to be severely disabled.

One former employee, Lorenzo Mendez, said Lopez informed him that during an emergency the company could make an exception to get the boxes made "out of house."

Another employee, Jesus Cruz, also took the stand, he said he didn't see or work with very many disabled employees.

"Disabled was kind of a loose terminology. You wouldn't see people that were obviously disabled. The majority that were doing labor didn't look disabled. I think if you were in regular public, you wouldn't classify them as disabled," Cruz said.

We will keep you posted on the trial.

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