Former El Paso Police Officers Indicted for Traffic Ticket Scheme
On June 21 and 28, 2012, former El Paso Police Department police officers, Paul Bowden, Oscar Candelaria, and David Jimenez, were indicted by an El Paso County grand jury, El Paso, Texas.
The former police officers were indicted on multiple counts of tampering with a government record and are accused of submitting overtime reimbursement requests containing false information as to the times worked and number of traffic citations issued. The requests were submitted in 2009 through 2010 while working overtime under the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, which is funded through a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) grant. Mr. Bowden, Mr. Candelaria, and Mr. Jimenez are part of a group of 25 El Paso police officers suspected of submitting fraudulent documents in this traffic ticket overtime scheme.
This investigation is 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.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.