Madrid fighting forfeiture of money in pre-sentencing hearing
EL PASO — Former Aliviane President Cirilo "Chilo" Madrid was back in U.S. Federal Court Monday, his lawyers contesting how much U.S. attorneys want him to forfeit to the government.
Madrid was convicted back in December on charges that he bribed former County Judge Dolores Briones to vote in favor of a contract to benefit LKG Enterprises and its president, Ruben "Sonny" Garcia.
The scheme steered more than $550,000 in federal dollars from the Border Children's Mental Health Collaborative.
Today, Madrid sat next to his lawyers dressed in a green jumpsuit and shackles. His lawyers argued Madrid shouldn't have to forfeit the full $550,000. They argued he shouldn't have to forfeit any amount, but at worst case, just the $90,000 he was paid in the scheme.
Judge Frank Montalvo will take the evidence presented today into consideration when Madrid, along with Briones and Garcia, are to be sentenced Friday morning.