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.