DALLAS, TX — The US Attorneys at the Northern District of Texas and Sheriff Nick Hanna were recognized for their successful efforts to prosecute public corruption by the head of the FBI's Dallas Field Office.
The FBI Dallas Field Office is one of three in the state of Texas and presides over most of north Texas, including San Angelo.
FBI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Matthew J. DeSarno recognized the Hanna and US Attorneys Jeff Haag and Sean Long for their investigation and conviction of former San Angelo Police Chief Timothy R. Vasquez who used his official position to assist a vendor win a multi-million dollar contract and as a result Vasquez personally financially benefitted.
The recognition took place at Peoples Bank in Lubbock during a quarterly meeting of the West Texas Financial Institution Fraud Working Group and focused on the Vasquez conviction and a complicated, multi-year investigation that required dedicated financial crimes resources to investigate Reagor Dykes Auto Group owner Bart Wade Reagor, who was convicted in March 2022 of lying to an FDIC-insured bank, and fifteen of Mr. Reagor’s employees who pleaded guilty to various crimes involving dummy flooring and check kiting.
Mr. DeSarno explained, “These types of investigations are complex and sensitive, and the professionalism displayed by the representatives of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Mr. Hanna are to be commended. Residents of West Texas should be assured that the relationship of law enforcement in this community protects the best interests of the American people. Congratulations to each of you for your tremendous accomplishments on these investigations, and the work you do each day to uphold your oaths of office.”
FBI Director’s Certificates were presented to recognize the exceptional work and close coordination performed across the territory by:
- Jeffrey Haag, Assistant United States Attorney and West Texas Branch Chief
- Amy Burch, Assistant United States Attorney, Lubbock
- Josh Frausto, Assistant United States Attorney, Amarillo
- Sean Long, Assistant United States Attorney, Lubbock
- John “Nick” Hanna, Sheriff, Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office who held the position of Texas Ranger, Texas Department of Public Safety at the time of the Vasquez investigation.