Texas County Official Indicted In Bribery Case

DEL RIO (January 23, 2013)—Maverick County Commissioner Rodolfo "Rudy" Bainet Heredia, who’s already awaiting trial on federal money laundering and bulk cash smuggling charges, was indicted Wednesday in a separate bribery case.

Heredia was indicted Wednesday on six counts of receiving bribes and one count of paying a bribe in an alleged scheme that investigators said allowed Heredia to steer county construction jobs to certain contractors.

Federal prosecutors allege that companies inflated bids so they could make a profit and pay off Heredia.

Heredia also allegedly paid a county employee to make sure the contracts were awarded.

An attorney for Heredia didn't immediately comment.

The commissioner has been in custody since his 2012 indictment on money laundering charges.

He faces trial in that case in April.

Two other county commissioners remain under indictment.

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