SAN ANTONIO — A South Texas insurance salesman faces up to five years in federal prison in a contract scam involving coverage for employees of several school districts.

Joshua J. Cerna (SIR’-nuh) pleaded guilty Tuesday in San Antonio to conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud involving $2.5 million in commissions. Investigators say bribes were paid to a consultant to help secure the contracts.

The consultant earlier pleaded guilty. A third person was indicted last week. Cerna, who’s a former trustee of the Harlandale ISD in San Antonio, remains free pending sentencing.

Prosecutors say Cerna since 2007 helped rig contracts to cover workers in the San Antonio, Edgewood and South San Antonio independent school districts. The case also involved contracts for the Bexar (bayr) Metropolitan Water District.

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