Spring, Texas – February 21st, 2018 (The Texas Monitor): For more than two years, the FBI has been probing for evidence of fraud and campaign corruption at Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services and ESD #11, according to an investigative consultant who has also been scrutinizing the CCEMS.
The federal investigation includes a review of the campaigns of three safety commissioners who were elected to Harris County’s Emergency Services District #11 to oversee the Cypress Creek EMS multi-million-dollar ambulance contract.
Those commissioners also ran a campaign ad “pledging allegiance” to never replace CCEMS with another ambulance firm — a curious move for those who are supposed to be policing the ambulance system.
Federal law says it is a violation for a charity such as CCEMS to get involved with the election of those who would police it, but documents show CCEMS did exactly that and its workers helped elect the three candidates they supported.
Records also show:
- Legal invoices that reveal five law firms have billed more than $105,000 dealing with the grand jury investigation by the FBI. That does not include hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by Cypress Creek EMS to fight the FBI and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
- That EMS #11 officials have been digging in their heels to keep from releasing payroll records, one of the common public records in Texas.
- That EMS #11 Commissioners recently voted to bill taxpayers $13,000 to reimburse Commissioners for their criminal defense bills in connection with the FBI probe.