The HPD-Cantina Bribery Investigation

Gradoni & Associates represented all five of the Houston Police officers charged in the “cantina” case on behalf of the Houston Police Officers Union. Interviews were conducted with a number of cantina owners who were very happy with the security services provided by the indicted officers.

A background investigation was conducted on the club owner who initiated the investigation. It was discovered that his business practices indicated he too was involved in criminal activity.

Gradoni’s Investigation Proves Instrumental

The information we developed to discredit the complaining witness was utilized by Robert Scardino and it became the driving force for the State to offer a misdemeanor plea to all five defendants instead of pursuing the first degree felony punishment.

RESULT BASED ON INVESTIGATION: 1st Degree Felony Charges Reduced to Misdemeanors

Return to the May 2005 Investigator’s Newsletter

The HPD-Cantina Bribery Investigation