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Former El Paso Police Department Sergeant Pleads Guilty

On May 3, 2012, Ana Reza, a former Sergeant for the El Paso Police Department (PD), pled guilty and was sentenced in District Court 205, El Paso County, Texas, for altering a public document with the intent to defraud.  

In 2009, Ms. Reza made false entries on traffic citations and submitted the documents in order to fraudulently claim overtime.  The period in which Ms. Reza submitted the fraudulent documents was in support of a traffic safety initiative funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).   Ms. Reza is one of 22 El Paso PD officers to date who have been investigated for submitting fraudulent overtime claims.  When sentenced, Ms. Reza was given deferred adjudication.  If Ms. Reza does not violate the terms and conditions of community supervision after 36 months, the violation will be removed from her record.  Ms. Reza was also ordered to pay a court fee of $231, a monthly fee of $60 for court supervision, and restitution to the City of El Paso in the amount of $7,150.  Ms. Reza is also required to forfeit her Texas police officer license for a period of at least 30 years.

This is an ongoing investigation being conducted jointly with the El Paso Police Department and El Paso County District Attorney’s Office, with assistance from NHTSA and the Texas Department of Transportation.