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Progreso Mayor and Two Others Indicted for Alleged Bribery and Conspiracy

The city mayor of Progreso, Texas, his brother (the city's school board president) and their father (the school district's maintenance director) were recently arrested for the white collar crimes of bribery, conspiracy, mail fraud and more, according to an article in The Monitor and other news stories. The men were arrested, with one son being arrested at a business in the local area, the other son being arrested in his home and the father turning himself in to FBI officials in McAllen, Texas. The men are facing federal charges.

A 10-count indictment accuse the men of controlling school board votes through rewards and retaliation, taking bribes from companies that were subsequently chosen to provide services to the city and school board, receiving bribes through the mail and other related activities, according to the news story. The charges included those for bribery and conspiracy. An Associated Press article about the incident in the Star-Telegram noted that the men's court appearances (scheduled for Aug. 29) were located in the city of McAllen, which is located about 20 miles northwest of Progreso. According to Fox 2, if the three defendants are convicted of all charges, each of them could be sentenced to up to 65 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

White collar crimes are criminal offenses that usually involve individuals using their professional positions (including positions in public office) to commit some form of illegal act, particularly through the use fraud or deceit. The crimes, which are typically financial in nature, are extremely serious offenses that are oftentimes prosecuted at the federal level (though they can be prosecuted at the state level as well). When someone has accused you of a white collar crime, you are not only at risk of facing serious penalties, but you are also at risk of having your career and reputation destroyed.

After being accused of committing a white collar crime, turn to Guerra & Farah, PLLC for strong legal advocates. Our McAllen attorneys, who practice criminal defense in addition to personal injury law, have nearly 30 years of legal experience. Contact us today!

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