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Construction company owner sentenced to federal prison

Hipolito Amaya, 35, sentenced to 41 months

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An Eagle Pass man was sentenced Monday to 41 months in federal prison.

Hipolito Amaya, 35, owner of AM-ROD Construction, was sentenced for his role in connection with an alleged bribery, kickback and bid-rigging scheme in Maverick County in May 2011.

Amaya pleaded guilty to a bribery charge in October 2013, admitting he submitted a $35,800 bid to Maverick County to construct a concrete sidewalk in the county. Amaya was issued a check from Maverick County of $17,900 to begin the work and a $17,900 check for completion of the sidewalk.

According to the Department of Justice, Amaya admitted that he made cash payments to two Maverick County employees so that he could be paid for work he never performed.

Amaya was ordered to pay $35,800 restitution to Maverick County. Upon release from federal prison, he will be placed under supervised released for three years and must complete 500 hours of community service.