McALLEN – Six former employees of the East Hidalgo Detention
Center (EHDC) are now in custody themselves on federal charges, announced U.S.
Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Brenda Fuentes, 47, Weslaco, and Jhaziel Loredo, 32, Progreso, are
set for their arraignments and detention hearings today at 2 and 4 p.m.,
respectively, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Juan F. Alanis. Jason Catalan,
36, Mercedes; Erasmo Loya, 54, La Villa; and Veronica Ortega, 43, McAllen, will
have their hearings tomorrow at 2 p.m.
Domingo Hernandez, 25, Mercedes, made his initial appearance in
New Mexico and is expected to appear in McAllen in the near future.
A McAllen grand jury returned the indictments Nov. 19. Authorities
took them all into custody Friday, Nov. 22.
Catalan, Hernandez, Loredo, Loya and Ortega are charged with
bribery, while Fuentes faces one count of sexual abuse of a ward.
According to the indictments, authorities discovered various
forms of contraband in EHDC, a correctional facility under contract with the
U.S. Marshals Service (USMS). Catalan, Hernandez, Loredo, Loya and Ortega
allegedly accepted things of value in exchange for bringing contraband into the
The investigation further revealed Fuentes engaged in a sexual act
with a federal inmate, according to the charges.
convicted, they each face up to 15 years in federal prison as well as a possible
$250,000 maximum fine.
Department of Justice - Office of Inspector General and FBI conducted the joint
U.S. Attorneys Patricia Cook Profit and Amy L. Greenbaum are prosecuting the