Attorney implicated in federal bribery case arrested for alleged assault

Noe Perez, Jr.

Local attorney Noe Perez, Jr. was arrested Thursday by McAllen police for alleged assault causing bodily injury to a family member.

He was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

Perez was implicated as part of former state District Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado’s alleged bribery scheme, according to court records, allegedly giving cash bribes to Delgado between January 2008 through May 2016.

During this time, Perez allegedly gave Delgado a $15,000 truck and paid him cash bribes “between $250 and $350” on at least 20 occasions; this was “in exchange for favorable judicial consideration” on cases Perez had in his courtroom, according to the original indictment.

Perez pleaded guilty May 11, 2018, as part of a plea agreement to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, according to court records, and faces a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to $250,000.

He is scheduled for sentencing in August in Houston’s federal court and may be eligible for a reduced sentence given his cooperation as a government informant from June 2016 until Delgado’s February 2018 arrest.

Delgado’s trial, which will be held in McAllen, is scheduled to begin in July.

This is a developing story.

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