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Weslaco bribery scandal marches on, claiming one more

Former Weslaco City Commissioner and local political heavyweight John F. Cuellar pled guilty last Friday in federal court (U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez) to one count of bribery (AKA in legalese, “conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud”). The one count may not sound so bad on the surface, but beneath it lies a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in the federal penitentiary; and that’s not counting the money that Cuellar garnered through self-admitted illegal means (bribery and/or kickbacks) that he must one day repay either to the City of Weslaco as part of his plea agreement or in the form of fines paid to the federal government. Read the entire story on the e-Edition of our newspaper. ...

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