Former Maverick County Justice of Peace Charged with Bribery


A commissioner in a South Texas county rocked by an ongoing federal corruption probe has been indicted on four bribery counts.

FBI agents arrested Maverick County Precinct 3 Commissioner Jose Luis Rosales in Eagle Pass on Friday after a federal grand jury in Del Rio accused him of participating in a bribery, kickback and bid-rigging scheme.

The indictment alleges that Rosales manipulated the bidding on Maverick County construction contracts in 2011-12 to guarantee the selection of certain individuals. The indictment alleges those contractors deposited the checks issued to them by Maverick County and made cash payments to Rosales. Furthermore, the contractors allegedly inflated their bids to assure themselves a profit and enough money to pay bribes to Rosales.

If convicted, Rosales would face up to 10 years in prison on each bribery count.

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