Former El Paso County Assistant DA indicted in bribery scheme
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — FBI agents have arrested former El Paso County District Attorney Antonio Reyes Tuesday morning after a federal grand jury indicted him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and the deprivation of honest services.
The indictment, which was returned November 6, and released Tuesday, alleges that Reyes conspired with others through text messages to accept cash bribes in exchange for dismissing pending criminal cases between March 30, 2011 until April 15, 2011.
"The arrest of Mr. Reyes demonstrates the FBI's unwavering commitment to the citizens of El Paso that we will vigorously investigate allegations of public corruption in our community and bring those responsible to justice." FBI Special Agent in Charge, Douglas E. Lindquist said. "The citizens of this community deserve to have a sense of confidence that their tax dollars are being spent efficiently for the public good and not for the private enrichment of those in a position of trust."
The indictment resulted from an investigation conducted between agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney William F. Lewis will be prosecuting the case on behalf of the U.S. government.
If Reyes is found guilty of the charges in the indictment, he faces up to 20 years imprisonment.