Child Protective Services Employee Helped the Mexican Mafia, Cops Say

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Elida Perez
A Child Protective Services employee was arrested in a plot to hinder the prosecution of her boyfriend, a Mexican Mafia gangster, who was convicted of second-degree murder last month.

The employee, 62-year-old Elida Perez, "has a long history of association with criminal street gangs," according to court documents obtained by New Times.

As the result of a public-records request, the Arizona Department of Economic Security, which oversees CPS, says that Perez's job title is "Administrative Assistant II" In her position, which she's held since September 2011, the agency says she "does not have direct contact with children."

Prior to her arrest, Perez's "longtime" boyfriend, Marcos Mendoza -- who's 30 years younger than her -- murdered a man named Manuel Chavarria, on April 1, 2012.

According to information from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, it looked like Mendoza killed Chavarria after an argument. Mendoza and Chavarria got into an altercation at a convenience store near 19th Street and Roosevelt, and Mendoza shot Chavarria several times.

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Marcos Mendoza
Police later discovered that Chavarria's name was on multiple Mexican Mafia hit-lists that were recovered in state prisons.

In jailhouse phone conversations, Mendoza told Perez to get witnesses to give false testimony in court, although court documents indicate the shooting was caught on video "to some degree."

Two people ended up giving false testimony in court, according to police -- including the girlfriend of another locked-up Mexican Mafia gangster -- although Perez's boyfriend was still convicted of murder on May 15.

On one hand, it might seem like Perez was just trying to help her boyfriend stay out of prison. Perez has a clean court record, according to state records, other than collecting traffic tickets over the years.

On the other hand, police paint a picture of Perez providing "criminal support of the Arizona Mexican Mafia."

According to court documents, Perez "has a long history of association with criminal street gangs and on no less than two occasions, firearms were pointed at police officers from her residence."

As police have served "multiple" search warrants at her house, "extreme amounts" of gang graffiti covered the walls inside.

Perez -- who has her own street name, "Cookie" -- has a "higher understanding of criminal street gangs than the normal person," police allege, and she also has two children "affiliated" with street gangs in the Phoenix area, according to court filings.

A grand jury has indicted Perez on charges of perjury and hindering prosecution. Perez, who makes a meager state government salary, is being represented by a private attorney, according to court records.

According to the County Attorney's Office, Mendoza faces 27 years in prison at his July 19 sentencing.

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heartbreakerphx2007
heartbreakerphx2007

I agree with everything Juanslady is saying perfect to the tee!She is a really good person I believe this article it all BS. She should file  for defamation of character.

Juanslady
Juanslady

We just read this article, and it is so not the Elida we know, I don't believe a lot of what was written. It is totally out of character, "COOKIE" is not a street name that has been her nickname since childhood. She was always the first to try and help any kid in trouble including trying to keep her boys to stay away from the gang activity.

And as for working for CPS, I think that was the perfect job for Cookie, she has the biggest heart as she loves and cares so deeply for children.

Cookie didn't have a criminal background because she is a good person, always followed the rules, was always fair, and treated everyone with respect.

What is the state trying to do, make an example of her, and for what purpose? A 62 year old Mother and grandmother, never been in trouble other than traffic tickets.

Her knowledge of "gang activity and terminology" is a result of years of trying to keep her kids out of gangs, not because SHE had an affiliation with gangs. That is why Cookie " had a higher understanding of criminal street gangs" than the "normal" person.

We have known Cookie for over 30 years and she is not the person this article in The New Times, the police or the State prosecutor are trying to make her out to be.

Juan, Lily & Anna

ms.chiquitaperopicos
ms.chiquitaperopicos

FREE MY NANA COOKIE!! AWOMAN OF HER COMMUNITY THAT IS HIGHLY RESPECTED, HONEST, AND HARD WORKING. A MOTHER, A GRANDMOTHER, AND A MENTOR OR HER COMMUNITY. SHES NOT THIS BAD PERSON THAT THEIR MAKING HER OUT TO BE! MY FAMILY MAY NEVER HAVE HAD THAT NICE WHITE PICKET FENCE BUT 1THING

Jerepa
Jerepa

CPS workers are the lowest of the low. Unintelligent, lazy liars is what most of them are.

heartbreakerphx2007
heartbreakerphx2007

"CONFLICT OF INTEREST" --> --> --> IS WHAT I'M THINKING!! .....SEEM'S LIKE PPD HAVE IT IN FOR THE MENDOZA'S! <-- <-- <-- NO BUENO.....:((

jeanjb
jeanjb

the polish catholics have the same problem ,like in Michigan,where corruption bankrupted several communities, and eloy as an example of nepotism and widespread corruption.

and now (big surprise) Arizona state government.

Eleanor_Holguin
Eleanor_Holguin

We don't need people like this in a system that is supposed to help children. Don't they do background checks?

Myrina01
Myrina01

Yes. They do background checks...which was addressed in the article. In the article it states that her criminal background history was clear with the exception of traffic tickets. That's why she was hired to work as an administrative tech for CPS.

josife2013
josife2013

SHE DESERVES WHATEVER THE JUSTICE SYSTEM GIVES HER! Who's to say what other info she may have provided to other n ALL GANG affiliates.

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