Three More Public Officials Plead Guilty To Corruption
POSTED: Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 9:45pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 10:16pm
EL PASO, TX — Three more elected officials stood in front of a federal judge Thursday afternoon, and pleaded guilty to public corruption.
The investigation started more eight-years-ago, when the FBI accused many public officials of abusing your tax dollars.
Moments after admitting their guilt, former Yisleta Board Trustee Milton Duntley and former Socorro Mayor Ray Rodriguez emerged from a federal court.
Former El Paso County Clerk Gilbert Sanchez also pleaded guilty on Thursday. He is already serving six years behind bars on other bribery charges.
It all stems from an eight year investigation by the FBI into allegations that employees with "Access Healthsource,” a medical insurance provider, bribed public officials in exchange for their votes to award contracts to "Access.”
The US Government said in court that "the brunt of the costs fell on YISD employees."
According to federal investigators, when it came time for YISD to vote on a new insurance provider, " Duntley knowingly lied and stated "Access" was the committee's first choice,” when that wasn't the case.
Duntley also admits he used a kind of a "cheat sheet" provided by "Access" to help him argue with other board members during their meeting.
The FBI says it gathered most of its evidence through wire-tapping phone conversations.