|By Marty Schladen, El Paso Times, Texas|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Madrid, the politically connected former CEO of
In a pretrial hearing Thursday, Assistant U.S. Attorneys
Madrid didn't appear at a hearing Thursday in
"I've got 15,000 to 20,000 documents I have to go through," he said.
Lewis said the amount of information was less than that, and said that it included plea agreements, sentencing transcripts and wiretap information concerning Ketner, Mena and Cordova. Prosecutors turned over the information because they planned
to call them as witnesses, Lewis said.
Lewis said prosecutors don't plan to call former County Judge
In a 2010 sworn deposition, Madrid admitted that LKG paid him
"In other words, stealing money from a government contract," U.S. District Judge
While prosecutors don't plan to call Briones, sister of U.S. District Judge
It's also not clear why prosecutors think Ketner's testimony will help convict Madrid.
Ketner was chief of staff to former County Judge
This summer, prosecutors filed documents in Madrid's case accusing him of bribing Cobos to help the Border Children's Mental Health Collaborative keep its contract with LKG after federal officials had raised concerns about the company's performance.
Cobos faces an unrelated federal indictment and has not been charged in the LKG matter.
"On or about
The document said "the bribe was directed at the person who would assume the position of the prior elected official he and his co-conspirator had bribed."
The amount of money allegedly given to Cobos is not revealed in the documents. Other documents stated that
Mena and Cordova, two other witnesses prosecutors plan to call, appear to have no connection to LKG's contract with the collaborative.
Mena, a former member of the EPISD Board of Trustees, pleaded guilty in 2009 to his involvement in a scheme involving Access HealthSource, a health insurance provider.
In court documents, prosecutors said
In March, Montalvo sentenced Cordova, also a former member of the
Four years earlier, Cordova pleaded guilty to charges that while he was on the school board, he traded his vote for money in support of a unnamed vendor that sought to do business with the district.
Cordova and Mena were members of the EPISD board in 2002 when New Beginnings of
In August, prosecutors filed documents in Madrid's case saying that Cordova and an unnamed trustee were bribed by Madrid and Garcia in exchange for their support of the New Beginnings project, which was later deemed ineffective.
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