FBI enters City Hall probe

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The FBI has requested Councilwoman Carol Alvarado’s bank records:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation asked for the bank records of Houston City Councilwoman Carol Alvarado as it entered the investigation into improper bonuses at City Hall, KPRC Local 2 reported Thursday.

It’s the first indication that the federal government is involved in the probe.

The FBI request is for all of Alvarado’s bank accounts, open or closed. It went out Wednesday to major banks across the country through what’s known as the loss avoidance alert system, which is an electronic network connecting banks with law enforcement.

The FBI would not comment on the investigation. But Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal confirmed for KPRC that the federal request was made.

As usual, Alvarado’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, says this was completely expected, which means the councilwoman must’ve said, “S

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