Government Crime Stoppers has received an anonymous tip alleging that two city council members of Arp, Texas, took actions to purchase a construction implement valued at $90,000 without soliciting competitive bids.
Furthermore, the tip alleges that the two council members secretly obtained a bank loan for purchasing the construction implement without formal approval of the rest of the council and violated the Texas Open Meetings Act by failing to place both the loan application and purchase of the construction implement on the city council’s agenda for a vote of the full council.
The tip further states the council members may have falsely categorized the purchase as an “emergency expenditure” to shield it from public scrutiny in executive session. If proven, these actions may violate the Texas Open Records Act and Texas Open Meetings Act, along with fiduciary obligations of office.
A separate tip alleged that one of the council members accused above violated the city’s ethics code by attempting to alter the city’s hiring practices to favor one candidate for the position of police chief. If proven, this allegation may constitute violations of state and federal laws.
Government Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for anonymous tips proving criminal wrongdoing related to these allegations.
Tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and information that substantively contributes to the prosecution of government-related offenses may be eligible for a reward. Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only to the first person who provides an anonymous, crime-solving tip submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concerns information not previously provided to or known by authorities.
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