Commissioner Arrested on Federal Bribery Charges
March 21, 2014
Michael Montemayor, a county commissioner for
the Webb County Commissioners Court in Texas,
was arrested Wednesday on charges of bribery.
A federal grand jury in the Southern District of
Texas returned an indictment on March 18, 2014,
that charges Montemayor, 36, of Laredo, Texas,
with two counts of federal programs bribery. The
indictment was unsealed following the arrest.
According to the indictment, Montemayor
solicited and accepted bribes in exchange for
promising to perform various official acts while
acting as County Commistioner for Precinct 1.
Montemayor allegedly accepted the use of a 2012
Ford truck, which cost approximately $37,015, in
exchange for promising to provide government
jobs to both the vehicle’s owner and his spouse.
indictment further alleges that Montemayor,
while serving as a county commissioner,
solicited and accepted approximately $11,000 in
cash as well as electronics equipment worth
approximately $2,700 from an undercover law
enforcement agent posing as a business man. The
indictment alleges that Montemayor promised to
take official action to promote the business
interests of the undercover agent in exchange
for cash and electronics.
If convicted, Montemayor faces a maximum
potential penalty of 10 years in prison for each
bribery charge. Each charge also carries a
maximum $250,000 fine. He is scheduled for
arraignment in federal court March 26.
The case is being investigated by the FBI’s
Laredo Resident Agency. Trial Attorneys Emily
Rae Woods and Mark Cipolletti of the Criminal
Division’s Public Integrity Section will be
prosecuting the case.
The charges and allegations contained in the
indictment are merely accusations and Montemayor
is presumed innocent unless and until he is
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