The City of Alpine today issued the following press release regarding law enforcement investigations into the cities finances:
The city’s fiscal audit conducted for Fiscal Year 2012 by the Skinner & Lara Certified Public Accounting firm revealed accounting and finance issues at the city of Alpine. Subsequently, investigations were initiated by various state and federal law enforcement agencies.
The investigations led to the indictment of former finance director Ricky Chavez on charges including a third degree felony. After a plea of Guilty on March 21, 2014, Chavez was given a 15 year suspended sentence.
The City has been notified by the Texas Rangers, the Texas Attorney General’s Office and Brewster County prosecutors that their investigations arising out of financial irregularities are complete. The FBI has also engaged in an investigation, and has indicated no additional criminal activities are being pursued at this time.
The City of Alpine will provide additional information when all investigations have been formally closed.