EPISD Superintendent Under Arrest
POSTED: Monday, August 1, 2011 - 5:38pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 2:09pm
UPDATE: Tuesday, August 2, 7:45 a.m. - Dr. Lorenzo Garcia is scheduled to be arraigned at 2:30 p.m. today.
EPISD said Dr. Terri Jordan, the district's chief of staff, would be in charge of day-to-day operations in the superintendent's absence.
UPDATE: 5:20 p.m.- The school board has gone into a closed session. NewsChannel 9 is on the scene. Stay with us for updates.
UPDATE: 4:06 p.m. The indictment charges Garcia with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, two counts of mail fraud and one count of aiding and abetting theft from programs receiving federal funds.
According to the indictment records, from February 1, 2006 until March 11, 2007, Garcia and others conspired to defraud EPISD by securing a $450,000 sole-source contract under false pretenses.
The indictment specifically alleges that Garcia provided $5,000 to an unindicted co-conspirator (UCC) of which $4,000 was deposited into the UCC’s company bank account. Garcia also convinced UCC, with whom he had a personal relationship, to enter into a contract with EPISD and to represent the value of the contract to be approximately $500,000–$400,000 more than what the UCC believed was the true value of products and services rendered.
The indictment also says Garcia hired an attorney to prepare documents to eliminate any competition for the UCC. In July 2006, UCC, at the direction of Garcia, submitted an affidavit and a letter to EPISD seeking a no-bid contract claiming that UCC’s company was the only source of the products and services offered to EPISD.
In August 2006, the UCC received two checks from EPISD in the amount of $180,000 each. Finally, the indictment alleges that Garcia failed to disclose to the Board of Trustees his personal relationship to the UCC as well as his personal financial interest in the vendor company.
Each of the mail fraud related charges and the theft charges contained in the indictment call for up to 20 years and up to 10 years, respectively, in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine upon conviction.
UPDATE: 3:38 p.m. According to the county jail website, Garcia is charged with In-transit Mail Fraud. He has been booked into the jail. Jail records indicate there is no bond for Garcia.
UPDATE: 3:08pm: The EPISD just released the following statement on the arrest of Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia: "We are not privy to any details right now. Our Board of Trustees will be meeting today at 4:30 p.m. and will hold a news conference at the conclusion of the meeting."
EL PASO - The FBI has arrested El Paso Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Lorenzo Garcia.
Multiple sources confirm Garcia's arrest to NewsChannel 9.
According to those sources, FBI agents entered Garcia's office at EPISD headquarters, handcuffed him and led him away around 1:05 p.m. today.
Garcia's initial court appreance will be tomorrow at the Federal Courthouse.
Details surrounding what, if any charges Garcia faces have not been released.
Calls to the EPISD public information office have not been returned.
Stay with NewsChannel 9 for the latest on this developing story.
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