State Senator Carlos Uresti was indicted on multiple criminal charges related to his dealings with a bankrupt frac-sand company and corruption in Reeves County, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
Uresti was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud; two counts of conspiracy to commit money laundering; five more substantive counts of wire fraud; two counts of securities fraud; one count of engaging in monetary transactions with property derived from specified unlawful activity; one count of being an unregistered securities broker; and one count of conspiracy to commit bribery.
For those of you keeping score at home, that’s 13 charges and more than 200 years in prison facing the San Antonio Democrat. In a statement, Uresti said he plans to plead not guilty and called the charges “groundless.”
In February, FBI and IRS agents raided his offices in connection to Uresti’s alleged involvement in developing a Ponzi scheme to peddle fracking sand for oil production. The other indictment alleges that from 2006 to 2016, a Lubbock businessman paid Uresti $10,000 a month to secure a Reeves County Correctional Center medical services contract for his company.