District attorney’s office presents former Brownsville fire chief’s case to grand jury

A Cameron County grand jury has indicted former Brownsville fire chief Carlos Elizondo on one count of theft by a public servant and one count of misapplication of fiduciary property.

The grand jury handed down the indictment Wednesday, one day after Elizondo was arrested on the charges in Brownsville.

The indictment pertains to a theft by a public servant complaint that was filed against him in August by the Brownsville Firefighters Association.

In the complaint, the association alleges that Elizondo made improper ATM cash withdrawals totaling $8,000 from the association’s political action committee while he was association president from January 2014 to 2016. He was not fire chief at the time. The complaint was filed by association president Jorge Lerma.

In an earlier interview, Elizondo denied the allegations and said the charges were filed against him for political reasons.

“It’s politically driven,” Elizondo said at the time. “It’s a direct attack. He’s the union president. It’s a ploy to attack my credibility and discredit me and the whole department.”