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FBI raids home of CCISD trustee, local construction company

FBI conducting local court-authorized law enforcement procedures
Posted at 10:18 AM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 00:45:53-05

FBI agents raided the home of a longtime Corpus Christi Independent School District trustee and a large local construction company Tuesday morning.

The property at 2800 Denver Ave. is owned by CCISD board member John Longoria, according to Nueces County Appraisal District records. Longoria has been a trustee since 2006.

The FBI also went to Fulton Construction Co. at 1102 Second St.

It is unclear if there is any connection between the two locations.

FBI agents left Longoria's home shortly before noon. There were four agents on the scene and they were seen bringing boxes from inside the home. Another agent was seen removing a computer. They were at Longoria's property for a couple of hours.

FBI investigates CCISD Board Member John Longoria

Longoria is a longtime CCISD trustee who also works as the manager of economic and business development for AEP. Previously, he was a Corpus Christi City Council member from 1995-2003.

No reason was provided for why the FBI was at the scene. Two other Corpus Christi Police Department officers also were at the scene when the FBI agents were present.

The FBI also went to the Fulton Construction Co., a major builder with deep roots throughout the Coastal Bend. They have been at their current location since 1995.

Fulton has been involved in numerous major Corpus Christi building projects including the Federal Courthouse, American Bank Center, and Omni hotel. They have also constructed several Corpus Christi Independent School District schools, including the in-progress Mary Carroll High School.

Fulton was the only bidder in that project. It also has contracts with Del Mar College's recent construction projects.

Longoria has been a longtime proponent in building new schools for the district, including eight elementary schools, three middle schools and a new high school.

In a statement released Tuesday, CCISD said it has not been contacted by the FBI and learned of the FBI investigation along with the general public.

"Corpus Christi ISD is aware of media reports regarding Fulton Construction and CCISD Trustee John Longoria," the statement read. "The district has not been contacted by law enforcement; CCISD learned of the reports along with the general public.

"We are seeking additional information, and will provide any updates relevant to district operations. Meanwhile, we remain focused on supporting our students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank our community for their continued encouragement during this challenging time."

The FBI says because court records related to these matters are not public, no additional information can be provided at this time.

This is a developing story. Check back with KRIS 6 News for updates.