Signs of trouble in Medina finances
Records show judge tapped all his home’s equity
January 31, 2008
Article Excerpts:One of Medina’s neighbors, Georgann Srock, told the Chronicle that Medina had told her shortly before the fire that he and his wife were preparing to put the home on the market. A sale anywhere near $360,000 might have been a challenge, especially given that a 4,000-square-foot home across the street was listed recently at $174,900.After refinancing for the last time — and struggling to meet the higher note — Medina began to look for other sources of money. He sold 110 acres of land in Gonzales County in 2004 and 2006. He reported selling both at a loss.
He also began to draw reimbursement from campaign funds for mileage driven between his Houston home and Austin. From 2005 through 2007, he collected almost $57,000. The Texas Ethics Commission has previously ruled that mileage reimbursement from campaign funds for commuting amounts to using that money for personal benefit, a violation of state law.