Wednesday, April 21, 2021

More charges filed against Weslaco bribery defendants


High-profile individuals arrested by federal authorities over the past few weeks now face additional charges related to an alleged bribery scheme involving the Weslaco water treatment facilities.

In a 34-page superseding indictment filed Tuesday, government prosecutors lodged new charges against four of the six defendants accused in a bribery conspiracy.

Former Precinct 1 Hidalgo County Commissioner A.C. Cuellar Jr., former District 2 Weslaco City Commissioner John Cuellar, Rio Grande City school board trustee Daniel Garcia, and Weslaco businessman were all named in the superseding indictment.

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They, along with former Rio Grande City municipal judge Leonel Lopez Jr. and current District 4 Weslaco City Commissioner Gerardo “Jerry” Tafolla, are accused of participating in a bribery scheme between 2008 and 2016.

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