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FBI Investigating City of Alpine's Finances

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NewsWest 9

ALPINE - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now investigating the City of Alpine's finances.

City officials say they've been served subpoenas and that a forensic audit is being conducted.

The problems started earlier this year when the city's fiscal audit revealed several accounting issues.

The city has been dealing with accusations of credit card abuse, pay day advance and writing personal checks, all on the city's tab.

That led to the firing of City Manager Chuy Garcia and Finance Director Ricky Chavez.

Chavez was later arrested for theft by a public servant and tampering with government records.

Investigators say he used the cash to take classes at Sul Ross State University and to buy computers and car parts for his family.

In total, he's accused of writing more than $600,000 worth of checks in a year.