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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 5, 2013

Maverick County Commissioner Cesar Flores Pleads Guilty

In Del Rio, Texas this morning, Maverick County Precinct Four Commissioner Cesar Flores, age 46 of Eagle Pass, Texas, pleaded guilty to his role in a bribery, kickback and bid-rigging scheme announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and FBI Special Agent in Charge Armando Fernandez.  This is the third Maverick County Commissioner to plead guilty as part of this investigation.

Flores pleaded guilty to count one of his indictment, which charged him with receiving bribes.  Flores admitted that he agreed to be influenced and rewarded for using his position to ensure that certain contractors were awarded construction contracts in Maverick County Precinct 4 in 2010 and in 2011—those contracts involved in excess of $5,000. 

Flores faces up to ten years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and, pursuant to his plea agreement, he will pay restitution as ordered by the Court at sentencing.  Flores will appear before Judge Alia Moses for sentencing at a date to be determined.

This ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Individuals who have first-hand information about corruption, fraud, or bribery related to Maverick County are urged to contact the FBI at (210) 225-6741.

Assistant United States Attorney Michael Galdo is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.