Former El Paso Police Officers Indicted in Local Court for Traffic Ticket Scheme Involving NHTSA Grant Money
On January 12, 2012, former Detective Ana Reza, and a retired patrol officer, Raul Ramirez, were indicted on two counts each of falsifying government records with the intent to defraud by an El Paso County grand jury, in El Paso, Texas.
Ms. Reza and Mr. Ramirez are accused of submitting overtime reimbursement requests containing false information as to the times worked and number of traffic citations issued in 2009 while working overtime under the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, which is funded through a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) grant. Ms. Reza and Mr. Ramirez are two of sixteen El Paso police officers suspected in this traffic ticket overtime scheme.
This investigation is being conducted jointly with the El Paso Police Department, 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.