West Texas commissioner pleads guilty in bribery scheme

ALPINE, Texas (AP) — A former West Texas school board trustee has pleaded guilty to a charge related to a bribery scheme involving a former county commissioner.

Prosecutors say 66-year-old Carlos Eduardo Nieto pleaded guilty to conspiracy Tuesday in Alpine, Texas, as part of a public corruption investigation of Presidio County. Nieto is former special projects coordinator for the city of Presidio and a former member of the Presidio school district board.

Nieto admitted that he and former Presidio County Precinct 3 Commissioner Lorenzo Padilla (pah-DEE’-yah) Hernandez took bribes to favor a document management system contractor. Hernandez previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

Both face up to 20 years in federal prison. Nieto is to be sentenced in Pecos on Feb. 19. Sentencing for Hernandez has yet to be scheduled.