Charges dropped against federal agent in South Texas


BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Charges have been dropped against a federal agent who worked at the McAllen office of the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General.

Prosecutors had alleged that Marco Rodriguez falsified records at his supervisor's request.  U.S. Attorney's office filed the motion asking that the charges against Rodriguez be dropped. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville granted the motion with prejudice earlier this month.

Rodriguez's superior, Special Agent-in-Charge Eugenio Pedraza, is scheduled to go to trial in March. He has pleaded not guilty to 13 counts.

Federal prosecutors say that in advance of an internal audit of the office's operations, Pedraza launched his staff on a mission to prepare documents that falsely indicated investigative activity had taken place.

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