Bucking a trend among other Dallas County Constables, Precinct Five’s Beth Villarreal says accusations against two unnamed deputies are “inconclusive.”
Two of the 35 deputies implicated in a Dallas County fraud scandal were fired Wednesday, and more terminations are expected to come later in the week.
At a county meeting Tuesday, Commissioners John Wiley Price and Clay Jenkins said they’re upset that some of the deputy constables accused after a fraud investigation last week were placed on desk duty rather than suspended.
Last Friday, nearly two dozen deputy Dallas County constables were placed on administrative leave for allegedly falsifying documentation on warrants and eviction notices. Now some of the officers’ supervisors are firing back, saying the deputies are being forced to sign confessions without proof.
Dallas County Commissioners continued Tuesday to try and find a way to cut a projected $33 million out of next year’s budget to cover a deficit.
Indictments have been handed down to four people connected to the Dallas County Constable’s office.
A Grand Jury heard evidence Monday against Dallas County Constable Derick Evans and former Constable Jaime Cortes, which could result in indictments Wednesday.
A standing room only crowd didn’t appear to sway Dallas County Commissioners who are set to approve a budget next week that eliminates the traffic division in the constable’s office.