Nogales, Ariz., mayor, father scheduled to be arraigned

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) -- An arraignment and bond hearing is set for Friday afternoon in the corruption case against Nogales Mayor Octavio Garcia-Von Borstel and a fraud case against his father.

Attorneys for the father and son are expected to argue that both men be released on their own recognizance.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Deborah Bernini took over the case Oct. 1 after a defense attorney petitioned for the removal of Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Anna Montaya-Paez.

Garcia-Von Borstel and his father Octavio Garcia Suarez are currently jailed.

The mayor faces nine felony charges, including bribery, theft, fraud and money laundering. Garcia Suarez is charged with one count each of theft, fraud, money laundering and illegally conducting an enterprise. Both were arrested Sept. 28 in Nogales.

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