Former city employee sentenced in bribery scheme


SAN ANTONIO – A man who formerly served assistant development services director of the Land Development Division within the city of San Antonio's Planning and Development Services Department has been sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for his involvement in a bribery scheme.

According to the Department of Justice, between 2004 and 2009, Fernando Dose De Leon, 44, worked with Oscar Gilberto Rodriguez, 51, to defraud and steal money from Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc., a San Antonio firm that Rodriguez worked for.

Officials said the duo did so through Rapid Permit Service, Inc., a hoax company created by De Leon and Rodriguez to do permit-expediting work on Pape-Dawson projects.

The DOJ said Rodriguez would submit fraudulent RPS invoices to Pape-Dawson for payment, then the two would divide the funds.

In addition to his prison term, De Leon was ordered to pay nearly $284,949.21 restitution and to be placed on supervised released after his prison term.

Rodriguez was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $315,000 restitution.

De Leon and Rodriguez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and to use interstate communication facilities to facilitate bribery under Texas law.

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