MIDLAND, Texas — Federal agents have arrested a West Texas county commissioner and a West Texas city official after they were accused of undertaking a bribery scheme.

A six-count federal indictment was unsealed Friday charges Presidio County Precinct 3 Commissioner Lorenzo Padilla (pah-DEE’-yah) Hernandez and Presidio school board member Carlos Eduardo Nieto (nee-YEH’-toh), who also is Presidio’s city special projects coordinator.

Hernandez is charged with two counts each of bribery and mail fraud and a conspiracy count. Nieto is charged with single conspiracy and mail fraud counts.

The indictment handed up by a federal grand jury in Midland alleges the pair took bribes to favor a document management system contractor.

Both men remain in custody.


This story has been corrected to show both men remain in custody.

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