Culberson County Sheriff’s Deputy accused of false report
VAN HORN – Texas Rangers arrested the chief deputy of the Culberson County Sheriff’s Office on allegations that he falsified a sheriff’s traffic accident report to help a woman get an insurance claim.
A spokeswoman for the El Paso District Attorney’s Office said Deputy Alberto Urias, 49, was arrested Wednesday, a day after a state grand jury in Culberson County indicted him on charges of tampering with a government record and insurance fraud.
The case was investigated by the Texas Rangers, but Department of Public Safety officials referred all questions to the El Paso District Attorney’s Office, which prosecutes cases in El Paso, Hudspeth and Culberson counties.
The indictment charges that Urias falsified the cause of a car accident in August 2011 for a woman named Venesa Ornelas.
The falsified report was used in a claim made to Farmers Insurance for more than $1,500 and less than $20,000, according to the document.
Urias knew the report “contained false or misleading information concerning a matter affecting the right of Venesa Ornelas to a payment, and the matter was material to the claim in that it stated a false cause for an automobile accident,” the indictment stated.
Officials said Ornelas was also indicted on charges of tampering with a government record and insurance fraud.
As chief deputy, Urias is the second in command in the Culberson County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Oscar Carrillo said Urias has been with his department for about 10 years. Carrillo said he was not aware of the investigation until Urias was arrested.
The El Paso Times
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