In South Texas, Bribery and Investigations Cloud Jail Bonds

Albanese, Elizabeth
January 2005
Bond Buyer;1/7/2005, Vol. 351 Issue 32045, p36
Trade Publication
The article informs that U.S. attorney Michael Shelby on Tuesday announced the conviction of two former Willacy County, Texas, commissioners for accepting bribes in exchange for their votes awarding contracts for the construction of a private detention center financed with a $23.9 million revenue bond issued by the Willacy County Public Facilities Corp. The Raymondville jail, which was built as an economic development tool, was meant to house federal prisoners. According to the U.S. attorney's office, former county commissioners Jose Jimenez and Israel Tamez pleaded guilty to accepting bribes worth $10,000 in their official capacities as county commissioners from corporate representatives involved in the design, construction, financing, maintenance, and management of the detention center.


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