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South Texas surveyor pleads guilty to bribing border county officials for public contracts

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DEL RIO, Texas — A South Texas surveyor and consultant has pleaded guilty to bribing officials of a Texas border county for public works contracts.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Del Rio says 55-year-old Marcelo Alvarez faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

Alvarez admitted to bribing several Maverick County officials, including two county commissioners, to support steering county construction projects to a company with which he was connected. Alvarez paid officials $100 to $200 on multiple occasions.

Maverick County paid more than $800,000 to Amistad Consulting for engineering, consulting and project management services. Alvarez, the project representative, received payments of $300,000 for his services between 2010 and 2012.

More than a dozen officials and contractors have pleaded guilty in an ongoing public corruption investigation in Maverick County.

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