White-Collar Crime

Ex-Judge Is Indicted in Federal Racketeering Case, Accused of Profiting from His Work as a Jurist

A former police officer and Texas judge has been federally indicted in a racketeering case, accused of illegally profiting from his work on the bench.

The indictment says ex-404th District Judge Abel Limas was paid by four unidentified attorneys for favorable treatment. Meanwhile, he allegedly used a fifth unidentified individual as a go-between for criminal defendants seeking a break on their cases, according to the Brownsville Herald and KGBT.

Licensed in 1986, he served on the bench from 2000 to 2008 before returning to private practice.

Neither article includes any comment from Limas, who was released on $50,000 unsecured bond after pleading not guilty.

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