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Pharr PD investigates PSJA theft, or not?

Pharr Police Chief Jose Luengo was suspended last week for three days without pay. City officials have declined to say what led to the chief’s suspension, which is standard protocol in such matters (no comment). To get at the real story, one has to dig deeper and find sources willing to talk under condition of anonymity because they aren’t authorized to speak about the matter. Apparently what led to Luengo’s suspension last week had to do with insubordination. City administrators with the authority to do so asked the chief for an update on a criminal investigation, but according to at least several sources, he refused to turn over the case file. The reason why still isn’t clear. The criminal case is allegedly tied to a theft case that may or may not have occurred at PSJA ISD approximately two years ago. The district filed criminal charges in the case after completing its own internal investigation, and passed the case file on to the Pharr PD, which had jurisdiction over the matter; but after investigating the alleged theft, police never passed it to the county DA to determine whether it met the threshold for a grand jury review. According to several sources, the case is tied to a district official who had an open purchase order. Meaning, as long as the purchase didn’t exceed a certain amount, no work order was needed. Trouble was, allegedly, over a period of time, money valued north of $50,000 was paid to several vendors, but the district never received what had allegedly been purchased by the school official. Luengo reportedly, according to several other sources, has this week to turn over the investigative file to city hall so city administrators could see if indeed any investigative work was done on the case, or has it sat on the back burner all this while, never moving forward for approximately two years, gathering dust? Chief Luengo was unavailable for comment Monday. ...

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