Tampering with a governmental record is a state jail felony

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

The Jim Wells County District Clerk's office released the names of 10 individuals Tuesday who were recently indicted for providing false information on applications for the state's food stamp program.

The indictments, which were issued by a grand jury on Sept. 14, are for tampering with a governmental record, a state jail felony.

District Attorney Joe Frank Garza, who recently received a certificate of appreciation from the Office of the Inspector General for his prosecution of food stamp cases, said filing false information is a serious crime.

"They have to report how many people are living at home, including who's working and what type of income is coming in," Garza said. "In the state of Texas, it might go into the millions, the amount of money that is received by applicants who are not eligible."

Garza said in most cases indicted individuals reach a plea agreement in which they receive probation in return for paying restitution, fees and court costs.

The following indictments were released by the district clerk's office Tuesday:

Brenda Govea was indicted for tampering with a governmental record in connection with an April 5, 2005 incident in which she allegedly failed to report income on a Texas Department of Human Resources application form. Michael Joe Garcia was indicted for tampering with a governmental record in connection with a June 1, 2005 incident in which he allegedly failed to report income on a Texas Department of Human Resources application form. Marisela Gonzalez was indicted for tampering with a governmental record in connection with a May 2, 2005 incident in which she allegedly failed to report income on a Texas Department of Human Resources application form. Guadalupe Alaniz was indicted for tampering with a governmental record in connection with an August 14, 2006 incident in which Alaniz allegedly failed to report income on a Texas Department of Human Resources application form. Stacey Marie George was indicted for tampering with a governmental record in connection with a November 4, 2004 incident in which she allegedly failed to report income on a Texas Department of Human Resources application form. Patricia Ramirez was indicted for tampering with a governmental record in connection with a November 7, 2006 incident in which she allegedly failed to report income on a Texas Department of Human Resources application form. Noe G. Salinas was indicted for tampering with a governmental record in connection with a July 26, 2006 incident in which he allegedly failed to report income on a Texas Department of Human Resources application form. Gloria Hernandez was indicted for tampering with a governmental record in connection with an October 17, 2006 incident in which she allegedly failed to report accurate information on a Texas Department of Human Resources application form. Ascencion Bazan was indicted for tampering with a governmental record in connection with a November 1, 2004 incident in which she allegedly failed to report a bank account on a Texas Department of Human Resources application form. Mary Ann Rivera was indicted for tampering with a governmental record in connection with a June 12, 2006 incident in which she allegedly failed to report income on a Texas Department of Human Resources application form.