Ex-engineer in Texas gets prison in bribery case
Ex-Army Corps of Engineers civil engineer in Texas gets prison for bribery, $80K driveway
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A former Army Corps of Engineers supervisor in South Texas has been sentenced to four years in prison in a bribery case after a contractor paid for his $80,000 paved driveway.
Prosecutors say a judge in Galveston on Tuesday sentenced 33-year-old Christopher Castillo of Monte Alto. The former civil engineer with the corps pleaded guilty last summer to bribery. He also must pay a $50,000 fine.
Castillo since 2010 supervised contractors and projects, including an emergency power cooling building for the Border Patrol in Hidalgo County.
A corps agent obtained information that Castillo solicited a contractor to pay for his personal driveway project. Investigators say the owner feared Castillo would bar him from getting future government work unless the driveway project was done.
Castillo's driveway was completed in early 2012.
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