- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

CRYSTAL CITY, Texas (AP) - Two former city council members in a South Texas town have pleaded guilty to federal charges relating to a bribery and kickback scheme involving city contracts.

A U.S. Attorney’s Office statement says former Crystal City Mayor Pro-Tem Rogelio Mata and his brother, former council member Roel Mata pleaded guilty in Del Rio Thursday to single bribery counts and face up to 10 years in federal prison. No sentencing date has been set.

The Matas are the second and third defendants to plead guilty in the case. On May 26, Del Rio businessman Ngoc Tri Nguyen pleaded guilty to bribery conspiracy.

Ex-Mayor Ricardo Lopez, former city attorney and city manager William James Jonas and former council member Gilbert Urrabazo all await trial on bribery conspiracy and other counts.

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