- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - Federal authorities say two West Texas elected officials have been arrested on charges they received kickbacks for directing a county contract to a private company.

Authorities said in a statement that Presidio County Commissioner Lorenzo Padilla Hernandez was arrested Thursday in Midland. Also arrested was Carlos Eduardo Nieto, a school board member for the city of Presidio.

They each face a variety of charges that include conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Authorities allege that beginning in 2015 the men used their positions and influence to ensure the company was awarded the contract to provide a document management system.

Hernandez allegedly received $19,800 in the scheme and Nieto got $8,300.

Hernandez did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment and phone listing for Nieto rang unanswered Friday.


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