Updated at 11 a.m.
Former Weslaco city commissioner John Cuellar is now the third individual the FBI has arrested this morning who is believed to be tied to a bribery plot involving the $38 million overhaul of the municipality’s water treatment facilities.
John Cuellar, 56, last served as mayor pro-tem in Weslaco before being ousted from his District 2 seat in 2014 by current commissioner Greg Kerr. In addition to John Cuellar’s arrest Friday morning, agents also arrested Rio Grande City school board trustee Daniel Garcia, 40, and former Hidalgo County Precinct 1 Commissioner A.C. Cuellar Jr., 65.
Michelle Lee, spokesperson for the FBI, confirmed their arrests, explaining that agents with the IRS Criminal Investigation Division were also involved in A.C. Cuellar Jr.’s apprehension. John Cuellar and A.C. Cuellar Jr. are cousins.
These arrests are believed to be in connection with a bribery scheme involving two Weslaco city commissioners in exchange for contracts to work on Weslaco’s water treatment facilities, in which now-former Rio Grande City Municipal Judge Leonel Lopez Jr. and Weslaco businessman Ricardo Quintanilla have already been charged.
Lopez has also entered a guilty plea on a federal bribery charge related to the case.
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