Mike Alaniz, the former La Joya city administrator, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge of theft.
Alaniz, who retired from the city in June, is accused of stealing, embezzling, or fraudulently obtaining property valued at more than $5,000, according to the criminal information.
Prosecutors allege Alaniz used his position as the city administrator to have the city of La Joya purchase Lot 112 of Palm Shores Subdivision for $39,500.
That lot is now owned by Alaniz, according to the criminal information.
As part of the plea, the government will seek to approximately $24,000 worth of property from Alaniz and the government may seek to impose a money judgment.