Ernesto Garcia Pleads Guilty to Perjury
A Lubbock man has admitted to committing perjury.
Ernesto Garcia pleaded guilty Friday morning to one count of perjury, stemming from his sworn testimony in a detention hearing held in May 2012 in Lubbock.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Garcia committed perjury when testifying in the case of U.S. v. San Juanita “Janie” Pena.
Pena had been charged with conspiracy to commit tax fraud and false statements, and one of the government’s main allegations was that Pena had no home, residence, or place to live or go if she were released.
Pena called Garcia as a witness to testify on her behalf. Garcia testified that he had known Pena for 10 to 12 years and could be responsible for her if she were released into his custody.
On cross-examination, Garcia testified that he did not have a criminal record, when he had been convicted for possession of a controlled substance in 1993 in Iowa.
Garcia faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.