Calhoun County commissioner, businessman charged with theft

Roger Galvan, left, and Aron Luna, right

A former board member of the Calhoun Port Authority pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree felony theft by a public servant.

According to the terms of his plea agreement, Aron Luna received 10 years probation and was ordered to pay $52,638 in restitution.

First-degree felonies carry a sentence of 5-99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Luna was scheduled for trial Monday.

The agreement struck Thursday means Luna will avoid prison time.

Luna was indicted in 2016 after a Texas Rangers investigation determined he had stolen about $105,000 of concrete rubble meant to stop erosion that others had provided to the county for free.

In that investigation, rangers also determined that former Calhoun County commissioner Roger Galvan participated in the theft.

According to the Rangers’ report, “Aron Luna would cash the check, deposit an amount in his account and receive another amount back in cash. From that point, Roger Galvan would deposit cash into his account.”

Galvan, who is also charged with first-degree felony theft by a public servant, faces trial Oct. 28 with a pretrial hearing set for Oct. 24.

Luna, a Port Lavaca businessman, resigned from the Calhoun Port Authority board in July 2018.

Luna’s attorney, Brian Hendrix, declined to comment about the case.

Attorneys with the Texas Attorney General’s Office handled prosecution of the case but could not be reached for comment. District Judge Jack Marr presided.

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached jwilcox@vicad.com or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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(3) comments

Joshalyn Pfeiffer

This is disgraceful.....you can get away ANY crime in Port Lavaca. We need a new DA! His restitution is way too low. They stole twice that much, and that is what we know of. And what has the investigation cost the citizens of Calhoun County. Shame on the prosecutors of Calhoun County !

Glenn Wilson

"Shame on the prosecutors of Calhoun County" -- Shame indeed, they're practically accomplices after the fact. Did you notice there was no mention of any fine to be paid, just partial restitution? First degree felony theft gets nothing but probation?! Good ol' boys much?

Glenn Wilson

Good start at draining the swamp, but those stripes look way too good to let either of them plead-out. Better that they get at least the minimum prison time because they deserve it and to serve as an example to other crooks and would-be crooks still in positions of public trust in the Crossroads.

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