- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Two ex-officials with a South Texas public housing authority have pleaded guilty in a bribery scheme to let applicants skip to the head of the line.

Susana Munguia and Lubina Pedraza remain free on bond Tuesday pending sentencing later this year in federal court in McAllen.

Munguia was executive director of the Hidalgo (hih-DAL’-goh) Housing Authority. Pedraza was a secretary. Both women from Hidalgo pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit bribery. They face up to five-year prison terms.

Munguia and Pedraza worked with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide vouchers to people needing rental assistance.

Prosecutors say the women, who were arrested in February, solicited bribes to let individuals bypass a waiting list in a scam since 2011.

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