McALLEN — State District Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado, who was arrested Friday by federal investigators, is charged with bribery “concerning programs receiving federal funds,” according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday.
Delgado appeared before U.S. Magistrate J. Scott Hacker at the federal courthouse in McAllen on Monday morning and was granted a $100,000 bond. Delgado’s attorney Al Alvarez said Delgado is expected to be released later today at which time he will make a public statement.
The judge’s brother, Dr. Luis Delgado Jr., paid the bond of $2,500, according to court records.
The charge stems from an FBI investigation into Delgado that began in November 2016. The investigation revealed the judge would allegedly accept bribes in exchange for favorable consideration on cases he would oversee in the 93rd state District Court.
A confidential source, who is a licensed attorney, confessed to investigators he or she had a history of bribing Delgado since 2008.
Delgado was arrested Friday on an outstanding FBI arrest warrant and amid a sweep of his office at the Hidalgo County Courthouse and his Edinburg home. Several FBI agents were spotted at the scenes assisted by Texas Rangers and Hidalgo County Sheriff’s deputies. The agents could be seen removing plastic bins from his home but it is unclear if anything was removed from his office.
Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, members of Delgado’s family, and other friends were in the courtroom Monday.