Two ex-elected officials among four named in 74-count bribery indictment in USA

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US federal grand jury has returned a 74-count indictment against four South Texas men, including two former elected officials. According to «Houston chronicle», all of them are alleged in a bribery scheme in which more than $4 million changed hands.

The indictment was handed up Tuesday in McAllen, it names former Weslaco City Commissioner John Cuellar, his uncle, ex-Hidalgo County Commissioner Arturo Cuellar Jr., Rio Grande City attorney Daniel Garcia and Weslaco businessman Richard Quintanilla. They are charged in the huge bribery scheme relating to three construction companies, including a $38 million water treatment plant project.

Arturo Cuellar’s attorney, Carlos A. Garcia, said they are waiting to put the prosecution case to the test. Also, there is no information of what Daniel Garcia, John Cuellar and Richard Quintanilla`s attorneys are planning to do.

There are two officials who had already pleaded guilty to bribery: Weslaco City Commissioner Gerardo Tafolla and former Rio Grande City Municipal Judge Leonel J. Lopez surrendered to law enforcement.