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Former UTSA projects manager sentenced in bribery scheme

James Paul council accepted bribery money for construction contracts, DOJ says

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SAN ANTONIO – Former University of Texas at San Antonio project manager James Paul Council was sentenced Thursday to 38 months in federal prison for his role in a bribery scheme.

According to the Department of Justice, Council pleaded guilty on Jan. 14 to one count of bribery, admitting that he accepted $1,000 from people who were seeking to secure UTSA construction contracts worth more than $200,000.

The DOJ said Council's co-defendants -- Alfredo Romero Gonzalez, 50, the owner of Power Source Electric, Magin Villalon, 63, Power Source Electric chief estimator, and Sarah Anne Luna, 59, Villalon's wife -- all pleaded guilty to paying a bribe Council to secure the UTSA construction contracts.

Gonzalez was sentenced to 22 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised released.

Villalon was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised released.

Luna received two years of probation.

In addition, Villalon and Gonzalez were ordered to pay restitution to UTSA in the amount of $71,000. Luna was ordered to pay $9,838.21 in restitution to UTSA.

Council was also sentenced to three years of supervised release following the completion of his prison sentence.


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