State prosecutors and the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office are asking that the vice president of the Brownsville school board, under indictment for fraud and bribery, be removed from her post, Channel 4 Valley Central reported.
A petition to remove Sylvia P. Atkinson has been assigned to 107th State District Court and Senior Judge Miguel Banales has been assigned to hear the case.
The DA’s office said in a statement that “Since no one has filed a petition for removal of Atkinson, the district attorney felt it his duty to seek [her removal].”
She was indicted in December on eight counts of official misconduct that include federal program fraud and bribery. The petition says Atkinson solicited and accepted bribes and failed to disclose a gift, the TV station reported. She has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.