- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) - Eagle Pass City Manager Hector Chavez has been indicted on federal bribery, obstruction and other charges in an ongoing probe of public corruption in corruption-plagued Maverick County on the South Texas border with Mexico.

In a four-count federal indictment unsealed Thursday, Chavez also is charged with falsifying records in a federal investigation and making a false statement to a federal agent.

The indictment centers on what is described as a “pay to play” scheme involving a county landfill contract. Chavez is accused of paying about $20,000 in bribes to a Maverick County commissioner for the contract.

If convicted, Chavez could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison each on the obstruction and records falsification charges, 10 years on the bribery count and five years for the false-statement charge.

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