S. Texas architect pleads guilty in bribery scheme

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Associated Press

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 4:03 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — A South Texas architect has pleaded guilty in Houston to a federal conspiracy charge for paying bribes to elected officials in order to win contracts with school districts.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Wednesday that 58-year-old Jesus Bustos of IDEA Group LLC in McAllen admitted to paying bribes from 2004 to 2013 to win millions of dollars-worth of contracts in Progreso and Weslaco.

Earlier this month Progreso's mayor, former school board president and former school district maintenance and transportation supervisor — two brothers and their father — pleaded guilty to related charges for creating a pay-to-play system that earned them kickbacks on city and school district projects.

Bustos faces up to five years in prison. U.S. District Judge David Hittner set sentencing for July 25.

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