Constable Corruption Allegations Go to Grand Jury

By Lita Beck
|  Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010  |  Updated 7:00 PM CDT
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Constable Corruption Allegations Go to Grand Jury

A special prosecutor investigating a Dallas County constable and former constable confirmed Tuesday that charges were filed this week.

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A special prosecutor investigating a Dallas County constable and former constable confirmed Tuesday that charges were filed this week.

Ted Lyon, the prosecutor, said charges and evidence were presented to a grand jury on Monday.

Former Precinct 5 Constable Jaime Cortes is accused of doctoring his 2008 campaign finance report and faces two counts of tampering with government records.

Precinct 1 Constable Derick Evans faces four counts of accepting contributions in cash more than $100 and one count of engaging in organized criminal activity.

Tracey Gulley and Kelvin Holder, two of Evans' top aides, also face a single charge each of engaging in organized criminal activity.

Lyon told the Dallas Morning News that the charges are related to raffle tickets to fund Evans' re-election campaign that deputies were allegedly required to sell.

Lyon said he expects to know Wednesday if the grand jury will indict any of the men.

Cortes resigned in May after losing in the Democratic primary runoff.

Lyon was appointed special prosecutor in last summer after District Attorney Craig Watkins said he had a conflict of interest, the Dallas Morning News reported.

County commissioners hired a former FBI agent last year to investigate Cortes. The report from that investigation accused the former constable of numerous civil and criminal acts of wrongdoing.

At the time, Cortes' attorney said the report was politically motivated and based on hearsay.

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