San Antonio, Texas, July 13, 2017: This week, a Bexar County Grand Jury returned a true bill of indictment against Gilbert Muniz Perez, age 61, for one count of Misapplication of Fiduciary Property $30,000-$150,000; one count of Theft by Public Servant $30,000-$150,000; and one count of Abuse of Official Capacity $30,000-$150,000.
Gilbert Muniz Perez, a public servant, worked as the Administrator for several Emergency Services Districts and also held a position as President of at least one district. The State alleges Mr. Perez abused his positions by misapplying and misusing government funds entrusted to him by the districts, the County Commissioners, and the Bexar County taxpayers. Perez devised a variety of overpayment schemes, to include duplicate payments, fictitious and disallowable expenditures, credit card payments for personal use, and other unauthorized purchases and expenses.
The Texas Rangers investigated Perez with the assistance of the Bexar County Auditor’s Office and the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office Public Integrity Unit. As part of the investigation, agents executed a search and seizure warrant at Perez’s home seizing over forty boxes of documents related to the Emergency Service Districts.
Theft by Public Servant $30,000-$150,000 is a second degree felony, punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Misapplication of Fiduciary Property $30,000-$150,000 and Abuse of Official Capacity $30,000-$150,000 are both third degree felonies, punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.