MCALLEN, Texas – Three men stand accused of conspiracy to defraud the city of Weslaco’s water treament improvement project funds.
Former Hidalgo County Commissioner Arturo “A.C.” Cuellar, former Weslaco City Commissioner John Cuellar, and attorney Daniel Garcia from Rio Grande City formally heard the allegations and charges against them today.
Federal agents says the Cuellars used their official powers to vote in favor of contractors and engineering firms which were awarded multi-million dollar contracts. Agents then alledge a representative from those firms would deposit monies into attorney Daniel Garcia’s trust account then distribute the money back to Cuellar.
All three men are accused of Money Laundering and both Cuellars are also accused of Wire Fraud. All three men waived their right to a pre-examination hearing meaning the judge can rule if there is enough probable evidence to move forward with a trial.
All three men were given a $75,000 bond and are expected to be released sometime today.