FBI investigates constable's office

HOUSTON - The FBI is investigating a Harris County constable's office.

Federal agents are looking into claims that a Harris County Precinct 1 constable's office employee was given special consideration during the hiring process.

Federal agents showed up at Constable Jack Abercia's office with a subpoena on Tuesday, and they seized Deputy Allen James' personnel folder.

According to a source, the FBI is looking into allegations that money or other considerations were exchanged in return for James' employment.

The FBI declined to comment.

"I have no idea why the FBI came in and got his personnel file," Harris County Precinct 1 Deputy Constable J.C. Mosier said. "I honestly don't know. I asked the constable if he has any idea. He says he has no idea either and can't understand why it happened."

KPRC Local 2 found James at his home Friday morning, but he refused to answer any questions.

James was hired as a patrol deputy by Abercia in August 2010. Sources told KPRC Local 2 that James was hired even though he was turned down by seven other law enforcement agencies and the precinct's four-member executive panel that reviewed James' application unanimously recommended that Abercia not hire him.

Since James was hired, he has been involved in two wrecks.

KPRC Local 2 asked for a copy of James' file, but the county has refused to release it as the request of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

James will be leaving Precinct 1 soon. He has been laid off, but Mosier said that was not because of poor job performance but rather due to budget cuts.

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