The former businessman and Calhoun Port Authority Commissioner Aron Luna dodged prison time after pleading guilty to theft last Thursday in District Court.
Nearly three years ago, Luna and former Calhoun County Commissioner Roger Galvan were arrested for theft by public servant.
The initial focus of the investigation was on payments made by the county for a concrete rubble-type material called riprap, often used to help prevent beach erosion. Throughout 2015, The Wave outlined allegations of questionable practices by Luna and Galvan. Numerous sources and documents revealed that various contractors throughout the years delivered riprap to county locations at no charge. Several documents showed that the county, however, paid at least $214,195 for riprap, all in Precinct 1, and all approved by Galvan.
According to indictment documents, Galvan allegedly “unlawfully appropriated” $105,275 from the county between Jan. 14, 2010 and Dec. 22, 2014. Documents further alleged Luna provided “aid” to Galvan to “unlawfully appropriate” $105,275 from the county between Jan. 14, 2010 and Dec. 22, 2014.
In District Court on Thursday, Galvan was quickly in and out as his pre-trial and trial dates were moved to late October.
Luna, on the other hand, pleaded guilty to theft by a public servant greater than or equal to $100,000 and less than $200,000.
As part of his plea, Luna will serve no prison time, will be placed on 10-years probation and must pay $52,638 in restitution. Also, Luna must testify honestly if called in cause number 2016-09-7697 (Galvan’s case versus the State of Texas). He cannot hold or run for public office nor hold an appointed office position.
Judge Jack W. Marr presided over the case.
Galvan’s pre-trial is set for Oct. 24, and the trial is to begin Oct. 28.