- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

EAGLE PASS, Texas (AP) - An official in a South Texas county that’s the subject of a federal corruption investigation has been indicted on four bribery counts.

FBI agents arrested Maverick County Precinct 3 Commissioner Jose Luis Rosales in Eagle Pass on Friday after a federal grand jury in Del Rio accused him of participating in a bribery, kickback and bid-rigging scheme.

The indictment alleges Rosales manipulated the bidding on Maverick County construction contracts in 2011-12 to guarantee certain people were picked. The indictment alleges those contractors deposited the checks issued to them by Maverick County and made cash payments to Rosales. Furthermore, the contractors allegedly inflated their bids to assure themselves a profit and enough money to pay bribes to Rosales.

If convicted, Rosales would face up to 10 years in prison on each bribery count.

Earlier Friday, the FBI arrested a former Maverick County judge after an indictment accused him of similarly offering bribes to secure construction contracts.

Prosecutors say former Maverick County Justice of the Peace Cesar Iracheta of Eagle Pass is charged with two bribery counts.

Investigators say Iracheta, doing business as C&A; Construction, bribed two county commissioners to win construction contracts in 2010-11.

Authorities provided no custody or attorney information for either man.

More than a dozen officials and contractors have pleaded guilty in an ongoing public corruption investigation in Maverick County.


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