Former JP court clerk indicted on “cash for court favors” charges


Liliana Cantu // Cameron County Jail Photo

A former justice of the peace court clerk is behind bars after being indicted in a new “cash for court favors” scandal.

Investigators with the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office arrested Liliana Cantu on Wednesday morning.

The 33-year-old Brownsville woman is facing three counts of tampering with a government record and one count of bribery.

A Cameron County grand jury handed down two indictments against Cantu last week.

Court records obtained by Action 4 News show that Cantu once worked for Cameron County Precinct 2-2 Justice of the Peace Erin Hernandez Garcia.

The records show that Cantu is accused of fudging the community service timesheets for at least three people back in October 2013.

According to the records, Cantu took bribes for favorable court rulings in at least two civil lawsuits in January 2013.

Judge Garcia spoke to Action 4 News about the allegations.

Garcia said Cantu had been originally hired by the late Judge Tony Torres but was fired from her office after discovering the wrongdoing back in October 2013.

“We caught her signing community service documents as if they had completed their hours,” Judge Garcia.

The judge said she reported the crime to Pct. 2 Constable Abel Gomez, who asked the Pct. 5 Constable’s Office to handle the investigation.

Records show that two women identified as Vanessa Weaver and Maria Velia Silguero are facing separate bribery charges for giving Cantu cash for court favors.

Cantu remains in custody at the Cameron County Jail and is expected to appear before Judge Janet Leal with the 103rd State District Court.

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