- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) - A Northeast Texas judge and businessman indicted in an alleged billing scheme involving the Red River Army Depot has been suspended without pay.

The Texarkana Gazette (https://bit.ly/1pAGLI0 ) reported Wednesday that Patrick James was suspended by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

James is running unopposed next month to retain his seat as Bowie County Precinct 7 justice of the peace. He’s also a municipal judge in Hooks.

A federal indictment unsealed Oct. 1 names James and six others on charges of conspiracy to defraud the government and theft of government property or money.

James, who owns Hooks Tire Service, and the others pleaded not guilty and are free on bond.

An attorney for James said Wednesday that they’ve received the suspension order. Jason Horton declined further comment on the investigation.

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Information from: Texarkana Gazette, https://www.texarkanagazette.com

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