FBI San Antonio
Special Agent Michelle Lee
(210) 650-6333
November 29, 2018

South Texas Police Chief Arrested by the Border Corruption Task Force

MCALLEN, TX—Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the San Antonio Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz announced the arrest of a Alvaro Garcia, 48, chief of the Palm Valley Police Department on November 27, 2018.

Garcia was charged with three counts of Tampering with Government Records for falsifying documents. The investigation was led by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) with the support of the FBI McAllen Resident Agency Office—Border Corruption Task Force and the Texas Rangers. The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case.

Members of the public who are aware of public corruption in our community are encouraged to contact the FBI Border Corruption Task Force at 210-225-6741. Tips can also be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov. Individuals who provide information may remain anonymous.

It is important to note that a criminal complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.