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Obituary


The following is an Associated Press obituary that appeared in the Waco Tribune-Herald August 27, 2001.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -
Olivero P. (O.P.) Carrillo, who in the late 1970's went from a district judgeship to federal penitentiary, is dead at 77. He died Saturday in an Alice hospital, his family reported.

Carrillo was judge of the 229th District Court - which included Duval, Jim Hogg and Starr counties - before he was impeached by the Texas Senate and removed from office in 1976 for abuse of power and misuse of county funds.

Carrillo was part of a powerful political family in Duval County. The family's power dissolved after charges alleged Carrillo and his brothers used a phony Benavides business to illegally sell items to Duval County and used phony invoices from the store to obtain illegal payments from county and state funds.

The former judge and his brother, former Duval County Commissioner Ramiro Carrillo, were convicted in 1975 of income tax fraud.

Carrillo spent three years in prison and after he was released began reconstructing his life to revolve around ranching, said his niece, Cynthia Carrillo.

Carrillo spent his last years between his ranch in Benavides and a home in San Antonio. But a stroke made it necessary for him to be moved into a San Diego nursing home last year.


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