Lorenzo Garcia: El Paso ISD Chief With Local Ties Indicted Over Houston Contract

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Lorenzo Garcia: Contract with Houston company leads to indictment.
The head of the El Paso school district has been indicted over charges he steered a lucrative no-bid contract to a Houston company owned by a woman with whom he had a personal relationship.

Lorenzo Garcia, a former assistant superintendent at Spring Branch ISD and (red alert!!) deputy superintendent in Dallas, which has had its share of contract problems, was indicted on fraud over a $450,000 contract.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in El Paso doesn't name the company -- officially it's an unindicted co-conspirator -- but the El Paso Times reports it has "obtained documents that indicate one company that received a sole-source contract during the same time frame was Houston-based Infinity Resources and Associates. The company's president was Tracy Rose."

"The citizens of this community deserve to have a sense of confidence that their tax dollars are being spent efficiently for the public good and not for the private enrichment of a select few," David Cuthbertson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in El Paso, said in a statement after the arrest.

According to his official bio, Garcia has a doctorate from the University of Houston.

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Perhaps there will be an appropriately designated day for justice in which the various news agencies within the state of Texas will present complete and accurate news coverage regarding the Beaumont Independent School District . . . . since the list of infractions (fraud, waste, abuse and disregard of the law) is a bit more egrecious than the El Paso ISD  'issue' .

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