BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The disgraced former South Texas judge at the center of a bribery scandal has begun serving six years in prison for racketeering.
Records show Abel Limas (LEE'-muhs) was being held Wednesday in the minimum-security Federal Prison Camp in Pensacola, Fla.
The Valley Morning Star (http://bit.ly/1cY49sL ) reports Limas reported to prison Tuesday, the same day a federal judge sentenced an Austin personal injury lawyer to 20 years in the scam. Marc Rosenthal was convicted of 13 counts including racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud and tampering with a proceeding.
Prosecutors say Rosenthal bribed Limas for favorable rulings.
Limas failed in his 2008 re-election bid. He pleaded guilty in 2011 to racketeering and in August was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay nearly $6.8 million.
Limas worked construction jobs before going to prison.
Information from: Valley Morning Star, http://www.valleystar.com