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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Texas high court to rule on rate case intervention New Braunfels Texas December AUSTIN AP High utility rates benefit the lawyers defending a Public Utility Commission decision to bar the attorney general from par ticipating in rate increase cases told the Texas Supreme The stale gets more through the gross receipts tax and sales tax than it costs the stale as a utility Barry an at torney with a private law firm the PUC hired for the said Wednes Robert an attorney for Houston Lighting 4 Power also said high rates give a large return to the Because the PUCs general counsel is assigned to represent the public in terest and the Office of Public Utility Counsel also represents ratepayers In Webb said it is unnecessary for the attorney general to become involved in rate Arguments were presented by lawyers from different divisions of the attorney generals office on whether it is a conflict of interest for the attorney general to both challenge and defend commission rulings in rate This is the best evidence of the fact hat this system can Assistant Attorney General Kevin UHanlon said after the court hear ing Steve an assistant attorney general in the offices energy divi argued that it was improper or the attorney general to on behalf of the State Purchasing and General Services a rate increase granted to by the utility commission A state district judge in the case said he would not allow the represtn tation of opposing agencies by At torney General Jim Mattox The PIT later ruled that the at torncy generals office could not fignt rale increase requests by utility com panies at the PUC because of a con diet of interest Mattox appealed the rulings by the judge and PUC to the Supreme Court Once a decision has been it seems to me that the attorney generals obligation to represent the state when it has been sued precludes him taking the other Baron said Agencies can obtain private at Auto theft sting nets indictments SAN AP Federal agents who set up a bogus brokerage firm that bought stolen cars have in dieted 37 people and recovered V vehicles worth during a two ear undercover operation Charlie Parsons special agentin charge of the San Antonio FBI said Wednesda that those arrested during the probe acini stall and federal grand charges of auto theft mail fraud and narcotics distribution and possession Twelve of the indictments were unsealed and eight of those charged had been amsted Parsons said Fourteen others been charged and 11 others hase been he said In an effort nicknamed Operation federal agents set up a brokerage firm and bought cars from numerous including car who also offered drugs as part of the stolen car package Par sons said The cars were generally purchased for about 10 percent of their and most of them were destined lor Central and South he said You cant judge it by the What counts are the Parsons said Were talking about 7 mdivididuals who were taken off the streets and it impacted two priority crime problems Bexar County District Attorney Fred Kodnguez said more than Ao cars are stolen each day in the San Antonio area and most wind up south of the border Those indicted included numerous local residents and some from Mex Guatemala and Hon duras Two people were indicted on charges of making fraudulent claims to an insurance company regarding purportedly stolen MercedesBenz and Astin Martin Parsons said Those convicted have received sentences ranging from one to 12 years Those whose cases have not gone to trial face prison terms of two to 40 years on a variety of Parsons said torneys to represent them when ap pealing PUC Baron Assislanl Atlorney General Scott chief of public agency representation for said state agencies do not directly get the increased revenue from high utility rates for their Mattox would be abandoning his constitulional duty to represent the states interest if his office did not represent the state as a McCollough The 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