Former Texas State Senator Sentenced To Federal Prison For Bribery

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Former state Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, was sentenced to five years in federal prison Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery.

Uresti, who resigned in June, will serve the five-year sentence simultaneously with the 12-year federal prison sentence that a judge gave him on June 26, 2018. U.S. District Judge David Ezra ordered that Uresti surrender to federal authorities next Tuesday to begin serving his prison term.

“By pleading guilty, Uresti admitted that from January 2006 to September 2016, he conspired with others to facilitate the payment of bribes to former Reeves County Judge Jimmy Galindo in exchange for Judge Galindo’s official actions concerning a Reeves County Correctional Center medical services contract,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement. “Uresti further admitted to collecting $10,000 a month as a marketing consultant. Approximately half of that sum was then given to Judge Galindo as a facilitation of the bribe and for his support to award the contract to a specific company at a more favorable price to that company.”

In June, a jury convicted Uresti on various federal charges regarding his role in an investment Ponzi scheme centered on FourWinds Inc., a company which bought and sold fracking sand for oil production, department officials said. His 12-year sentence was for these charges.

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