It was two years ago when we first reported Mayor Pamela Vikki Munoz claimed she was the victim of descrimination in the city of Patton Village.
Munoz said she was targeted and her offices raided by investigators because some in the city of 2000 people didn’t like the first female Hispanic Mayor in the small city.
After all was said and done Munoz was indicted for criminal activity which included abuse of official capacity.
Soon Munoz could learn her fate as her criminal trial in Montgomery County wraps up this week.
Closing arguments in the case are expected and we could get a verdict as early as Friday.
Here’s how the story unfolded last year:
On February 24, 2012, a Montgomery County Grand Jury indicted the Mayor of Patton Village Pamela Munoz and other city officials after a thorough investigation by the Montgomery County District Attorney Office – Public Integrity Division, the FBI, the Texas Rangers, the Department of Public Safety – Regulatory Crimes Bureau, the United States Department of Agriculture – Office of Inspector General and the DEA. In late September, 2011, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office – Public Integrity Division received information concerning possible illegal activity on the part of City of Patton Village officials and employees. With this information, the District Attorney’s Office and Texas Rangers executed a search warrant on the City of Patton Village on October 4, 2011. During the search warrant execution, computers, financial reports, payroll records, invoices, contracts, bank records, and other documents and reports were obtained. Over the course of several months, with the assistance of the FBI, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Public Safety, investigators uncovered evidence that the Grand Jury determined amounted to probable cause and believed that various criminal offenses on the part of the Mayor Pamela Munoz, city employees and current and former police officers were committed. These offenses include Abuse of Official Capacity, Misuse of Official Information, Misapplication of Fiduciary Property, Securing Execution of Document by Deception, and Theft by a Public Servant and they range from 2nd Degree Felonies to Class B Misdemeanors. In total, 7 individuals were indicted by the Grand Jury. Those individuals include the Mayor, Pamela Munoz, the City Secretary Georgia Simons, the Court Clerk Patricia Edmondson, and current and former police officers Kenneth McLin, Michael Seymour, William Martin, and Deangelo Lavergne. Additionally, as a result of this investigation, three other former police officers were charged with additional criminal offenses in surrounding counties. Many of these individuals were arrested on active warrants this afternoon. Phil Grant: “The citizens of Montgomery County have asked that our office aggressively seek and investigate allegations of public corruption and unfortunately, it appears the City of Patton Village is the latest example of public officials and police officers using city funds and property for their personal benefit.”
Tyler Dunman: “In Montgomery County, public officials will be expected to act both lawfully and responsibly when dealing with public funds and property and we look forward to presenting these cases to a jury at the appropriate time.”