A project-based legal professional surrendered himself to authorities in rio grande city on tuesday morning on allegations that he defrauded clients. Florencio lopez is going through 4 counts of robbery, 3 of which are state prison felonies, with the fourth remember being a misdemeanor price, in step with brenda lee, regulation enforcement liaison for the starr county lawyer’s office. His arrest stems from an investigation into a notary public, juana maria rodriguez, who changed into arrested in january for allegedly imparting fraudulent immigration offerings, which includes notary offerings, regardless of her notary license expiring in august 2017, according to the texas secretary of kingdom’s internet site. Rodriguez was arrested once more on tuesday as she also turned herself in to authorities. She become charged with 3 counts of robbery, composed of two kingdom jail felonies and one misdemeanor. The starr county special crimes unit commenced investigating rodriguez in overdue 2018. After her arrest in january, the scu also accomplished a search warrant at mexus law company, rodriguez’s regulation firm. It’s doubtful what evidence become recovered at the scene, but lee stated the two worked collectively. “all the allegations recommend that lopez and rodriguez worked collectively to defraud humans with the aid of gathering expenses for felony offerings that were no longer provided,” lee said. Lopez turned into launched from prison tuesday afternoon on a $1,500 personal recognizance bond for each matter set through pct. 3 justice of the peace eloy zarate jr., consistent with mjr. Carlos delgado, spokesperson for the starr county sheriff’s office. For rodriguez, pct. 1 magistrate j. M. “chuy” alvarez set a $five,000 non-public recognizance bond for each count. Editor’s notice: this text has been updated to mirror that j. M. “chuy” alvarez arraigned juana maria rodriguez.