Monday, January 18, 2021

More charges filed against Weslaco bribery defendants

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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.

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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