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Lavaca JP, Moulton city judge under investigation

By BY SONNY LONG - SLONG@VICAD.COM
Aug. 30, 2011 at 3:30 a.m.

Fred Nieto Jr., a Moulton used car salesman,  Lavaca County Justice of the Peace and Moulton municipal judge, is under investigation by the Lavaca County District Attorney's Office.

Fred Nieto Jr., Lavaca County justice of the peace, Moulton municipal judge and used car salesman, is under investigation by the Lavaca County District Attorney's Office.

District Attorney Heather McMinn would not elaborate on details of the ongoing investigation.

"We have had numerous citizens complaints involving Fred Nieto and an investigation is in progress," said the district attorney.

McMinn said she has asked the Texas Rangers to assist her office in the investigation.

Earlier this month, Nieto was placed on unpaid administrative leave from his position as Moulton municipal judge and municipal court was canceled through September, according to a notice posted on the door of the Moulton city hall.

Moulton Mayor Ervin Patek declined comment on the action.

The district attorney's office investigation may involve Nieto's used car business.

In August 2010, his license was approved for revocation and a fine of $7,500 imposed by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles for a total of eight violations, according to the minutes of the agency's board of directors meeting.

Those violations included, among others, failure to maintain complete records, sold or offered to sell motor vehicles without the appropriate license for that type of motor vehicle, and failure to timely transfer title and pay sales tax.

Nieto's license was officially revoked on Jan. 12 of this year, said Kim Sue Lia Perkes, Texas DMV public information officer.

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