Tuesday, June 26, 2007

U-S marshal admits selling govt information

© 2007 The Associated Press - June 26, 2007

McALLEN, Texas — A South Texas lawman faces up to five years in federal prison after admitting he sold government information.

Sentencing is October ninth for U.S. Marshal Jose Magallan, who was assigned to the McAllen office.

A federal judge in Houston yesterday accepted the guilty plea involving two counts of Magallan exceeding his authorized access to information in a computer.

Prosecutors say Magallan last November and in January accepted money to do an unauthorized computer search for a private citizen and then deliver the information.

The 52-year-old deputy overall received -- 950 dollars.

The former McAllen policeman faces fines of up to $250,000 for each count.
Houston Chronicle

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