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FBI Investigating District Attorney’s Use of Forfeiture Fund As Hush Money After Car Crash

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents are investigating District Attorney Craig Watkins in Dallas after he used more than $50,000 in asset forfeiture funds to secretly reach an agreement following a car accident in which he was involved, WFAA 8 reports.

Watkins said he couldn’t talk about the investigation.

Agents are focusing in on the ruse of asset forfeiture funds to pay the settlement, which may be illegal, experts said.

“We are troubled by the actions undertaken by Mr. Watkins,” State Rep. Jason Villalba told News 8. “He is a steward of the public trust. He has a duty to manage the public’s trust in a way that doesn’t violate the rule of law. What we see here is a clear abrogation of his responsibility to treat asset forfeiture funds in the ways that the existing authorities have determined they should be treated.”

Under the settlement, the man hit by Watkins’ car agreed not to speak to the media or he’d be forced to turn over $40,000, according to WFAA 8.

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Dallas County DA Under Fire for Decision to Seek Charges Against Oil Heir

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities are investigating Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins in connection with his decision to seek criminal mortgage fraud charges against an oil heir, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Questions are swirling about whether Watkins leveled charges against oil heir Al Hill II in 2010 as a favor to political contributors, according to the Morning News.

Watkins was found in contempt last week for refusing to testify under oath about the circumstances leading up to his decision to seek charges.

A judge dismissed the mortgage fraud charge, the Morning News reported.

The FBI and U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas are investigating Hill.