Ex-SAISD board trustee Hernandez found not guilty on federal charges

Hernandez was charged in connection with bribery, kickback scheme

SAN ANTONIO – Former San Antonio Independent School District Board Trustee Olga Hernandez was found not guilty Tuesday on federal charges.

Hernandez, 66, was accused of taking part in a bribery and kickback scheme to help secure insurance services contracts for the district.

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Federal officials said Hernandez accepted cash, jewelry, and travel from people working for the district's insurance carrier. They also accused her of paying an independent insurance consultant for her influence on the district's board of trustees and her vote on numerous insurance services contracts awarded to the companies, with whom three co-conspirators had a financial interest.

The three co-conspirators have pleaded guilty.

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If Hernandez was found guilty on the charges, she could have faced up to 20 years in federal prison.

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