A federal grand jury has returned a 74-count indictment against four South Texas men, including two former elected officials, alleging a bribery scheme in which more than $4 million changed hands.
The 74-count superseding indictment handed up Tuesday in McAllen names former Weslaco City Commissioner John Cuellar (KWAY’-yahr) and his uncle, ex-Hidalgo County Commissioner Arturo Cuellar Jr., as well as Rio Grande City attorney Daniel Garcia and Weslaco businessman Richard Quintanilla (keen-tah-NEE’-yah). They are charged with bribery, bribery conspiracy, wire fraud and other charges relating to three construction companies, including a $38 million water treatment plant project.
Weslaco City Commissioner Gerardo Tafolla (tah-FOY’-yah) and former Rio Grande City Municipal Judge Leonel J. Lopez already have pleaded guilty to bribery.
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