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Cynthia Alanis, 27, was taken into custody on February 24, 2020 following an indictment alleging she made a false statement to authorities in a bribery investigation involving alien detainee roster lists. Cynthia is the former assistant district attorney for Hidalgo Texas.

On Feb. 18, 2020, a federal grand jury returned an indictment on Cynthia.

The indictment against Cynthia alleges she falsely stated she did not receive nor know of any alien detainee roster lists given to the Alanis law firm. However, the charges allege she had previously received detainee roster lists and knew of such lists given to the law firm.

If convicted, Cynthia faces up to five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.

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Two other people involved have already pleaded guilty and are set for sentencing April 29, 2020.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Oscar Ponce, Southern District of Texas, prosecuted this case.