Complaint reveals new details into Ector County deputy's arrest

Complaint reveals new details into Ector County deputy's arrest
Oscar Limon (Source: Ector County Sheriff's Office)

ECTOR COUNTY, TX (KWES) - New details have been released following the arrest of a former Ector County Sheriff's Office deputy.

We're told Oscar Limon is believed to have interfered with commerce by threats or violence.

According to the complaint, a meeting, which involved members of the Ector County Sheriff's Office and two State Department Special Agents, was held in May at the Ector County Sheriff's Office to discuss a new investigation.

Then on June 2, a confidential source reported to a lieutenant that pictures of the state department officials had been taken at the meeting and forwarded to game rooms.

Authorities said that based on the angle of how the pictures were taken, they appeared to have been taken by Limon.

Limon was later interviewed by a Homeland Security and FBI Agent where he admitted to taking the photos and sharing them to Phong Tran, the owner of a game room in Odessa.

Officials added that Limon stated he sent the pictures to scare Tran into thinking the agents were in Odessa to investigate Tran.

Then on a later date, according to the complaint, Limon received a text message from Tran asking him to go to a game room in Odessa as Tran "had something" for him. Then when he got to the game room, Limon was met in the parking lot by one of Tran's employees and was given a cigarette pack with $200 inside.

Limon also said during the interview that he had been accepting cash from Tran for an unknown number of years with each payment being between $100 and $400. Limon stated that he thought Tran gave him the cash gifts out of generosity.

Then a few days later, Tran was interviewed by a Homeland Security and FBI Agent.

Tran told them he received a text message from Limon on May 13 that contained pictures of two men sitting at a conference table and said that they were FBI agents and that "they got you on a list." The report stated that Limon asked for a "bonus" and one of Tran's employees paid Limon approximately $150.

The complaint stated that Tran began paying Limon back in 2010, typically around $200 per payment. Then in 2013, according to the complaint, Tran and Limon renewed their relationship and Limon was paid by Tran on three or four occasions. The complaint stated that most of the payments were because Limon told Tran he prevented Tran's game room from being robbed. Limon would even say, "I got your back," which Tran understood to mean that Limon expected a payment.

During the interview, Tran went on to say that Limon warned Tran of upcoming law enforcement game room raids in 2014 on multiple occasions. During one occasion, Tran actually shut down his game room for a month. Tran added that, "I'd pay him to know when I'm going to get raided."

Then in 2015, Tran paid Limon to investigate and arrest subjects that robbed Tran's game room. According the complaint, at one point in 2015, Limon asked for money from Tran in return for investigating the robbery. During that time, Tran estimated that he paid Limon between $900 and $3,000. Limon also told Tran to never talk to "the cops" about their relationship and to always erase their text messages.

The complaint stated that a confidential witness was also interviewed and stated that Tran told the witness to pay Limon twice in 2010, even though the witness didn't know why.

Limon was arrested on Friday by U.S. Marshal's and resigned days before his arrest after accusations of misconduct.

No word on when Limon will appear in court.

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