SAN ANTONIO -- A 15-count indictment filed against a former Bexar County judge alleges the judge engaged in a scheme to defraud citizens of their right to his honest services.
The court document was filed Wednesday afternoon. It charges 50-year-old Angus Kelly McGinty with one count of conspiracy to commit federal bribery, one count of bribery, one count of extortion and 12 counts of honest services wire fraud.
The indictment alleges McGinty solicited and accepted bribes from San Antonio lawyer Alberto Acevedo, Jr. over a nine-month period in 2013.
In the scheme, McGinty reportedly received gifts, services and payments from Acevedo that totaled more than $6,655, according to the indictment. In exchange, McGinty would return favorable rulings for Acevedo’s clients, including "lenient sentences and less restrictive conditions of release."
Sources outside the courthouse said McGinty swapped with Acevedo, giving the attorney bond reductions on his cases in exchange for auto repair work on the judge’s vehicles.
“The outcome of criminal cases should be determined by the evidence and the law, not by paid-for bias. When citizens cannot have faith in the very people who are sworn to uphold the law, confidence in our judicial system is shaken," said U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez. "The Justice Department is committed to restoring that faith by rooting out corruption wherever it may be found.”
McGinty resigned on Feb. 14, 2014, a month before Acevedo plead guilty to bribery. In his plea, Acevedo admitted he engaged in corruption by influencing McGinty with things of value. He is currently out on bond and awaiting his sentencing hearing.
If convicted, McGinty faces a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.