San Antonio Police Officer Arrested in Bribery Investigation
|U.S. Attorney’s Office January 04, 2013|
This morning, a federal criminal complaint was filed against 36-year-old San Antonio Police Officer Curtis W. Lundy charging him with theft of honest services by wire fraud, announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Armando Fernandez, and San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.
According to the complaint, on December 15, 2012, Officer Lundy responded to a call concerning an assault in progress at a Northside apartment complex. At the scene, Officer Lundy detained an individual in connection with the assault after that individual admitted to Officer Lundy that he was in possession of a user amount of marijuana. While the subject was detained, Officer Lundy indicated that he would hold off filing the possession of marijuana charge in exchange for a $400 payment. During subsequent phone conversations, Officer Lundy raised the payment to $500.
The complaint also states that earlier this week, the subject contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the matter. At the FBI’s direction, the subject was able to make multiple audio recordings of cellular telephone conversations with Officer Lundy. During one of those conversations, Officer Lundy instructed the subject to meet yesterday afternoon in order to collect the $500. Surveillance observed Officer Lundy, the sole occupant, arrive in a marked SAPD patrol vehicle and collect an envelope from the subject which contained $500. Authorities arrested Officer Lundy last night after his shift was completed.
Upon conviction, Officer Lundy faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine. Officer Lundy appeared before United States Magistrate Judge John Primomo this morning for his initial appearance and was released on a personal recognizance bond.
This case was investigated by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation together with San Antonio Police Department Internal Affairs. Assistant United States Attorney Greg Surovic is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
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.