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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Federal Grand Jury Indicts a Bunch of Lawyers in Bribery and Extortion Scheme

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Cameron County and District Attorney Armando Villalobos and Attorney Eduardo “Eddie” Lucio in Connection with a Bribery and Extortion Scheme
U.S. Attorney’s Office  -  Western District of Texas (210) 384-7100  --  May 07, 2012
Charges Include Conspiracy, RICO, Bribery, Extortion, and Honest Services Fraud

Western District of Texas -  United States Attorney Robert Pitman and FBI Special Agent in Charge Armando Fernandez, San Antonio Division, announced the arrests of and a federal grand jury indictment charging Cameron County and District Attorney Armando Villalobos and attorney Eduardo “Eddie” Lucio in connection with a bribery and extortion scheme.  The 12-count indictment, returned this morning by a federal grand jury in Brownsville, Texas, charges the defendants with one count of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and one count of conspiracy to violate the RICO Act. In addition, Villalobos is charged with seven counts of extortion and three counts of honest services fraud; Lucio, three counts of extortion and two counts of honest services fraud.  According to the indictment, from October 2, 2006 through May 3, 2012, the defendants were involved in a scheme to illegally generate income for themselves and others through a pattern of bribery and extortion, favoritism, improper influence, personal self-enrichment, self-dealing, concealment, and conflict of interest. The indictment alleges that Villalobos solicited and accepted over $100,000 in bribes and kickbacks in the form of cash and campaign contributions from Lucio and others in return for favorable acts of prosecutorial discretion, including minimizing charging decisions, pre-trial diversion agreements, agreements on probationary matters, and case dismissals. The indictment also alleges that Villalobos solicited and arranged for private counsel, including Lucio, to handle civil and forfeiture matters associated with criminal matters pending in the Office of the District and County Attorney of Cameron County. The indictment further alleges that while serving as County and District Attorney for Cameron County, Villalobos used his executive authority as well as County property and employees to further the illicit affairs of the criminal enterprise.  Upon conviction, Villalobos and Lucio face up to 20 years in federal prison per count.  It is important to note that a criminal complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, and the Brownsville Police Department. Southern District of Texas Assistant United States Attorney Michael Wynne and Western District of Texas Assistant United States Attorney Greg Surovic are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

They need to release all the inmates involved with non-violent crimes so there's room for all the lawyers who belong there.

Anonymous said...

That's Texas. Where's the Grand Jury looking into NY Court Corruption in each of the four NY Federal Court Districts? Or, is it because Schumer controls the selection of Federal judges in NY and Schumer's hack is Federal Prosecutor for the Southern District? Everyone knows the corruption exists, but strangely no Grand Jury is empaneled and complaints are ignored.

Searching For Rule Of Law In America said...

don't forget... they still have to go through the trial..

it'll be interesting to see how far that goes...

in the meantime, kudos to United States Attorney Robert Pitman and FBI Special Agent in Charge Armando Fernandez...


--Michael A. Hense is Searching For Rule Of Law In America...

Anonymous said...

Sorry to report that the feads are in cohoots with the state in NY. In spite of numerous complaints about serious crimes & misconduct. Silence on their end.

Anonymous said...

I too am searching and praying for the rule of law in America, Michael Hense. I am also searching for Justice! Many people have suggested that I'm crazy!

Anonymous said...

THE SCAM OF THE CENTURY, NAY EPOCH ,KNOWN AS 9/11, COULD HAVE ONLY TAKEN PLACE IN NY.
DONT COUNT ON THE FEDS FOR ANYTHING BUT THE CONTINUED COVERUP OF BUILDING 7 ,AND EVERYTHING ELSE.
HEY HAS ANYONE FOUND A PIC OR VIDEO OF A PLANE CLEARLY HITTING THE PENTAGON, THOUGHT SO !!!

Searching For Rule Of Law In America said...

@ Anonymous also Searching...

you can't allow the comments of those who fail to see or understand what's happening all around them to affect your resolve...

you would be surprised at the number of times i've been told by friends and associates to "let it go" and "move on with your life"...

i polled 12 law firms by phone, asking them what it would charge to present and prosecute criminal action against a sitting state court judge, and 11 of em said basically the same thing... they "couldn't take the matter", "move on and let it go"...

although it may seem so at times, you are not alone...

--Michael A. Hense is Searching For Rule Of Law In America

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