El Paso Lawyer, Ex-Official Get New Sentences

Aug 25, 2012

A federal judge has sentenced an attorney and a former West Texas official to prison for involvement in a public corruption scheme.  U.S. District Judge Frank Montalvo sentenced attorney Luther Jones to six years and three months in prison and former El Paso County District Clerk Gilbert Sanchez to two years in prison.

Both conspired to fraudulently securing a multimillion-dollar health care services contract between the Ysleta Independent School District and Access Health Source, a health insurance company.

Both had been sentenced in 2011 to six years in prison for participating in a scheme to secure a multimillion-dollar contract between the county and one of Jones' clients.

They and eight other defendants have pleaded guilty. Jury selection for an 11th defendant, Guillermo Gandara, is set for Sept. 4.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.