El Paso Officials Sentenced

Mar 23, 2013

A former El Paso County judge and a West Texas businessman were sentenced to federal prison in a public corruption case related to children.

Authorities say former El Paso County Judge Dolores Briones was sentenced Friday to two-and-a-half years for conspiring to embezzle federal program funds. She's required to pay $36,000 in restitution.

She has admitted conspiring with Ruben "Sonny" Garcia Jr., then president of L.K.G. Enterprises Inc., to accept bribes in exchange for help involving a federal grant.

Garcia was sentenced Friday to four years for conspiring to embezzle federal funds.

Garcia and LKG — ordered jointly and independently to pay about $1 million in restitution — were to evaluate the Border Children's Mental Health Collaboration but investigators say El Paso County was billed for work that wasn't done.

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