Five people were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in San Antonio.
Former City of San Antonio employee Oscar Gilberto Rodriguez, 49, received three-count indictment charges with one count of paying a bribe concerning a program that received federal funds.
Irene Avina Morales, 35, an employee in the city's Neighborhood Service Department, was charged with one count of receiving bribe concerning a program that receives federal funds, and one count of money laundering.
According to the Department of Justice, Rodriguez paid Morales $5,100 in an effort to secure a $26,040 contract with the city to clean up a lot on Maridel Avenue between June 2008 and August 2009.
In addition, the indictment alleges that Morales conducted a financial transaction designed to conceal the nature of the bribe in September 2008.
Each defendant faces up to 10 years imprisonment on the bribery related count. Morales could also spend an additional 20 years in federal prison upon conviction of the money laundering count.
In another investigation focused on government contracts for radiology equipment and personnel training worth millions, two San Antonio men and a Manhattan, Kansas woman have been indicted for participating in a scheme to defraud the United States.
Lawrence Peter Fenti, 42, John Walter Hoffman, 43, and Heidi Lynn Webster, 50, are facing multiple charges, including one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Fenti worked as a non-commissioned officer trained as a technician in the radiology department of various Army medical facilities.
Webster, previously an Army officer physician specializing in radiology, was discharged from the Army, but continued working under contract for BAMC radiology.
Hoffman was the owner/operator of Hoffman Surgical Devices, Inc. in San Antonio.
According to the Department of Justice, the defendants schemed to secure multiple Army contracts and sub-contracts for radiology equipment and services by using their positions of influence, making false statements and fraudulent claims, as well as bribing Army personnel and Army contractors. These included four separate contracts ranging from $336,600 to $4.9 million.
Once each contract was secured by a contractor, the defendants then allegedly stole money from the Army by causing the prime contractor to overcharge the Army, then submitted overinflated invoices to prime contractors, allowing the defendants' companies to collect monies that had not been earned.
Each defendant could face up to 20 years imprisonment for each bribery, money laundering and wire fraud count. They can also face additional years for each conspiracy, false statement and false claim count, and for the impersonation of a U.S. Army officer.
Fenti and Webster are additionally facing indictments seeking a monetary judgment.