Monday, May 4, 2009
Texas County Tax Collector Sentenced For Embezzling $430K
Hector Michael Cantu, 42, of Pearsall,Texas, was sentenced last week to 2 years in prison for embezzling some $430,000 from the taxpayers of Frio County, Texas, where he had served as tax collector between 1999 and 2004. Cantu was indicted on embezzlement charges in November 2007 and pleaded guilty last October 2008 to "theft from an organization receiving federal funds." Cantu reportedly pocketed cash from motor vehicle and property tax receipts even though the books and records reflected the receipt of the cash. Cantu was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $265,000. Cantu was first employed by the tax office in 1995 and later was elected to be tax collector until he lost his bid in 2004.