Maverick County commissioner, teacher indicted in connection to scheme

Indictment charges Jose Rosales with 4 counts of receiving bribes

EAGLE PASS, Texas – A 35-year-old Maverick County Precinct 3 commissioner and Eagle Pass ISD teacher was arrested by FBI agents Friday after a jury charged him this week in connection with an alleged bribery, kickback and bid-rigging scheme, U.S. attorneys said.

A federal grand jury indictment returned Wednesday and unsealed Friday charged Jose Luis Rosales with four counts of receiving bribes, authorities said.

The indictment alleges that in 2011 and 2012, Rosales manipulated the bidding process to guarantee that people he chose would be awarded Maverick County construction contracts.

Those contractors deposited the checks issued to them by Maverick County and then made cash payments to Rosales, U.S. attorneys said.

The private contractors submitted inflated bids to Maverick County in order for there to be sufficient funds to perform the construction work, make a profit, and pay the bribe to Rosales, according to the indictment.

Upon conviction, Rosales faces up to 10 years in federal prison for each bribery charge, U.S. attorneys said. 

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