Jan 15, 2014 12:25 PM
McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A South Texas architect has been indicted in a widening public corruption probe involving allegations of bribes and projects in the city of Progreso.
Federal prosecutors in McAllen on Wednesday announced the arrest of 57-year-old Jesus Bustos on charges of conspiracy and bribery.
Investigators allege Bustos paid bribes to obtain contracts on public construction projects for his architectural firm, IDEA Group LLC. The agreements involved federal education funds.
Three members of a family were indicted earlier on corruption charges related to the Progreso Independent School District - Progreso Mayor Omar Vela, his brother ex-school board President Michael Vela and their father, Jose Guadalupe Vela Jr., who formerly managed the district's transportation and maintenance.
IDEA Group officials didn't immediately comment Wednesday.
If convicted, Bustos faces up to 10 years in prison.
(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
4 hours ago
Do you have a tip, information about a breaking news story, or a story idea for 6 Investigates? Contact the KRIS 6 News Desk at 361-884-6666 or send us an email.
Send us your feedback. We want to hear from you!
Look at photos and videos and share them!
|KRISTV.COM Mobile Website
Get KRISTV.com on your mobile or PDA!
|KRISTV.COM Mobile Apps
Get our mobile apps on your mobile or PDA!
See the latest winning numbers!
|6 News Team
Read about your favorite KRIS-TV personalities!
|FCC Online Public File
FCC Public File of Records, Reports, and more