Former West Texas Official Sent to Prison in Uresti Bribery Case

A former judge was the one being judged today, as the legal fallout from the Carlos Uresti case continued in federal court today, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Jimmy Galindo, the former Reeves County Judge who was paid kickbacks by Uresti as part of a scheme to land a lucrative jail services contract in the west Texas county, today was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, and ordered to pay back the kickbacks he received from Uresti, which totaled $876,000.

Prosecutors say Galindo, 53, who now lives in Selma, convinced a Lubbock businessman who wanted to land the contract to pay Uresti as a consultant, and Uresti then agreed to give half of the cash he got from the businessman to Galindo.

Galindo pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery, and one count of failing to pay income taxes on the proceeds of the bribery.

Galindo was elected Reeves County Judge in 1994 and served in that position through 2006. He was allowed to remain free on bond and has been ordered to report to prison no later than May 27.

The businessman was acquitted on bribery charges, after the jury was convinced that he honestly paid Uresti as a consultant and didn't know that Uresti was paying bribes to Galindo.

Uresti is serving a 12 year prison term in connection with the Galindo case, in which he pleaded guilty, and for his role in a scam investment scheme in which investors were bilked out of millions of dollars.

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