State Senator indicted on bribery and money laundering charges for Reeves County scheme

SAN ANTONIO -- Texas State Senator Carlos I. Uresti has been indicted for allegedly conspiring with others to pay and accept bribes in order to secure a contract in Reeves County for a company.

According to the Department of Justice, Uresti and Vernon C. Farthing II of Lubbock have been indicted by a grand jury for conspiracy to commit bribery and conspiracy to launder money.

A release states that the indictment alleges that from January 2006 to September 2016 both men conspired with others to pay and accept bribes.

These bribes were used to secure a contract with the Reeves County Correctional Center medical services for the company owned by Farthing, according to the DOJ.

Farthing is alleged to have paid Uresti $10,000 a month as a marketing consultant. Half of that money was sent to a Reeves County official, identified as Jimmy Galindo, for both his support and vote to give the contract to Farthing's company.

Uresti has also been indicted on charges of wire fraud and money laundering in connection with the investigation of San Antonio-based company FourWinds.

If convicted, the defendants could face up to five years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit bribery and up to 20 years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Uresti serves as the Texas State Senator for Senate District 19.

In February the offices of Uresti in San Antonio were raided by the FBI and IRS, the Texas Tribune reports.

According to the DOJ, the FBI's Public Corruption Task Force is conducting the investigation.