A local state representative last week gave a campaign contribution from an embattled local attorney facing local and state felony charges to a Corpus Christi-based non-profit organization.

District 34 state Rep. Abel Herrero, D-Robstown, said he received a $1,000 contribution from 35-year-old Mauricio Celis at a reception fundraiser that Herrero had planned to use toward his 2008 re-election campaign.

However, once Celis came under investigation for allegedly fraudulently presenting himself as a licensed attorney and impersonating a peace officer by the Nueces County District Attorney, Herrero said he decided to instead donate the money to the Police Officers Association.

"This year, I received a contribution from Mr. Celis. I am donating that contribution to the Crime Victims Assistance Program," Herrero said in a statement. "Since I personally do not know what is true and what is not, I have decided to donate it to charity."

Herrero announced on Oct. 22 his plans to seek a third term in the Texas House of Representatives.