Jury Hears Testimony in County Program Fraud Case
POSTED: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 6:09pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 11:55pm
EL PASO — For a second day, a jury heard testimony in the trial of a former El Paso businessman accused of taking part in scheme that defrauded a county program out of more than half a million dollars.
The County of El Paso allegedly paid Cirilo "Chilo" Madrid $100 thousand to write a report for the "Border Children's Mental Health Collaborative."
He later admitted he plagiarized the report from the internet. The collaborative provided treatment and services to children with serious mental illnesses.
As part of the scheme, former Judge Dolores Briones pleaded guilty to taking bribes in exchange for her support of a contract with a company called LKG enterprises with the "Border Children's Mental Health Collaborative."
LKG's CEO Ruben "Sonny" Garcia pleaded guilty to paying Bribes to Briones.
Madrid and Garcia previously worked together for Madrid's non-profit organization, Aliviane Inc.
Tuesday, the former executive director of the collaborative, Lisa Tomaka took the stand saying LKG failed to produce federally required data.