CONROE – The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office announced the indictment of Oak Ridge North Mayor Fred O’Connor on Tuesday, for violation of conflict of interest laws.
The indictment alleges that O’Connor failed to disclose that he had a “substantial business interest” in Biofuels, a private corporation doing business with his city, and that he further failed to “abstain from City Council discussions and deliberations regarding business with Biofuels.”
The charge is a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a year in the county jail and up to a $4000 fine.
First Assistant District Attorney Phil Grant released a statement saying that the DA’s Office looks forward to presenting the case.
“Hopefully this indictment serves as the first step in obtaining some closure for the City of Oak Ridge North so that they can move on from this difficult chapter in the city’s history and forward with the city’s business,” Grant wrote.
The announcement might have surprised some, but it vindicated a South Montgomery County resident and former police detective. Michael Donnelly has spent months trying to get information out to the public regarding O’Connor’s relationship with Biofuels, bombarding local and area media outlets with not only information, but documentation as well.
Having researched and documented many instances of alleged corruption in SMC, Donnelly established a blog-style website making his information available to the public.
An extensive amount of information about the allegations against O’Connor, in chronological order can be found by visiting: