3 indicted for roles in awarding COVID outreach contract | Health & Fitness

HOUSTON (AP) — Three people who have worked for the top elected official in Harris County were charged Monday after prosecutors accused them of siphoning off a nearly $11 million contract for COVID-19 vaccine disclosure. to a political adviser with ties to local Democratic officials. .

Alex Triantaphyllis, Aaron Dunn and Wallis Nader were each charged with one count of misuse of official information and one count of tampering with a record, according to court records.

Triantaphyllis is Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s chief of staff, while Wallis Nader is policy director and Aaron Dunn is a former senior counsel who recently left Hidalgo’s office. The county is the third most populous in the country and the home of Houston.

“We look forward to the upcoming court proceedings, which will shed light on the fact that there have been no wrongdoings here. These charges against my client are not supported by a full and objective review of the facts and voluminous evidence in this case. In his service to Harris County, Alex has made people the highest priority and has worked to ensure taxpayer resources are used in the most effective and efficient way possible,” said Marla Poirot, Triantaphyllis Attorney, it’s a statement.

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