- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

EAGLE PASS, Texas (AP) - A South Texas contractor has been sentenced to almost 3½ years in federal prison for his role in a scheme to bribe officials in a border county.

U.S. District Judge Alia Moses sentenced Hipolito Amaya to 41 months in prison for giving cash bribes to Maverick County officials in return for a a contract for a sidewalk that was never built. The 35-year-old owner of AM-ROD Construction in Eagle Pass also was ordered to pay $35,000 in restitution to Maverick County.

The case is part of an ongoing investigation of bribery and kickbacks in Maverick County.

Several officials and contractors have been indicted or sentenced in similar cases of payments in return for work that went unperformed.

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