Plea bargain of ex-county judge spells bad news for Senator Uresti

Democratic Texas State Senator Carlos Uresti has charges from two separate fraud scandals. (NL)

Corruption scandal of Democrat Texas State Senator Carlos Uresti and an ex-county judge

$10,000 a month bribery split between the two alleged

Former Reeves County Judge Jimmy Galindo pleaded guilty this week to federal bribery and income tax charges related to a conspiracy with Texas State Senator Carlos Uresti and medical services contractor. Last month Galindo, 53, signed a plea deal regarding his involvement with fraud to obtain a multi-million dollar medical services contract for the Reeves County Detention Center.

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Galindo, of Selma, TX, appeared on June 12, 2017 in front of United States Magistrate Judge John W. Primomo to enter his plea of guilty to a criminal information charging one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and one count of failure to file income tax returns.

Galindo served as County Judge for Reeves County from January 1995 through December 2006. According to U.S. Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., “Galindo, on behalf of Reeves County, negotiated a contract with a company owned by Vernon C. Farthing, III, of Lubbock, TX, to provide medical services for inmates located in the Reeves County Correctional Center.”

…splitting $850,000 in bribes…

Uresti, Democratic state senator of San Antonio, allegedly was splitting $850,000 in bribes with the former county judge, according to court documents. Galindo’s plea bargain is not good news for Uresti, because he will “fully cooperate in the investigation and prosecution of any and all criminal transactions known to the defendant.”

Farthing owns Physicians Network Associates (PNA), the company that Galindo signed the contract with on September 13, 2006. “The Information alleges that Galindo conspired with Farthing and District 19 Texas State Senator Carlos Uresti to ensure that Farthing’s company was awarded that contract,” said Durbin.

“To secure the contract, the Information states that Farthing agreed to hire Uresti as a ‘consultant’ and pay him approximately $10,000 a month,” FBI Special Agent Christopher Combs stated. “Uresti, in turn, agreed to pay Galindo one-half of the money he received from Farthing’s company. From January 2007 until September 30, 2016, Uresti paid Galindo approximately half of the monies Uresti received each month from Farthing. The Information also alleges that Galindo failed to file individual income tax returns for the years 2004 to the present.”

If convicted, “Galindo faces up to five years in federal prison on the bribery charge and up to one year in federal prison on the tax charge,” said Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) Special Agent in Charge William Cotter, San Antonio Division. “Galindo’s sentencing date is set for August 17, 2017.”

…developed an investment Ponzi scheme…

Last month Uresti, 53, was charged with various fraud charges and being an unregistered securities broker for conspiring with two others. Four Winds Chief Executive Officer Stanley P. Bates, age 45, of San Antonio, and Four Winds consultant Gary L. Cain, age 60, of San Antonio, charged with money laundering.

According to court documents the three “developed an investment Ponzi scheme to market hydraulic fracturing (fracking) sand for oil production…the defendants made false statements and representations to solicit investors in Four Winds. The defendants allegedly used funds from more recent investors to pay earlier investors and for personal expenses. For each fraud related charge, the defendants face up to 20 years in federal prison upon conviction. For each money laundering charge, the defendants face up to ten years in federal prison upon conviction. Uresti faces up to 20 years in federal prison upon conviction of being an unregistered securities broker.”

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