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Consultants near Rep. Henry Cuellar plead responsible to conspiracy

Consultants near Rep. Henry Cuellar plead responsible to conspiracy


An aide to Rep. Henry Cuellar and a political and enterprise marketing consultant have agreed to plead responsible to conspiring to assist the Democratic congressman from Texas launder greater than $200,000 in bribes and to help prosecutors in a federal legal investigation, in response to court docket paperwork unsealed this week. 

Federal court docket information present Mina Colin Strother, Cuellar’s former congressional aide, and Florencio “Lencho” Rendon, a political and enterprise strategist, entered responsible pleas in March. Rendon and Strother each pleaded responsible to conspiracy to commit cash laundering, going through as much as 20 years in jail and as much as 5 years in jail, respectively, and fines. Their plea offers additionally assure their cooperation within the Justice Division’s investigation into Cuellar and his spouse.  

The San Antonio Specific-Information first reported the responsible pleas. 

Cuellar and his spouse, Imelda Rios Cuellar, have been indicted on greater than a dozen costs alleging they accepted near $600,000 in bribes from a Mexican financial institution and an oil firm owned by the federal government of Azerbaijan, in alternate for selling the financial institution and power firm’s pursuits. Federal prosecutors allege the bribes had been laundered within the type of sham consulting contracts by entrance corporations and middlemen into shell corporations owned by Imelda Cuellar. The congressman’s spouse, in response to the indictment, “carried out little or no official” work underneath the consulting contracts.

Rendon knew the contract was a “sham consulting contract” and that the funds of $15,000 per 30 days had been made to funnel cash to Cuellar, Rendon’s plea settlement stated.

Rendon would ship $11,000 a month to Strother, who would in flip switch month-to-month funds to the Cuellars of $10,000. From March 2016 to February 2018, Strother transferred practically $215,000 to the Cuellars, in response to court docket filings. 

The Cuellars have pleaded not responsible, and had been launched on an unsecured bond. Cuellar has publicly insisted on his innocence. 

— Rob Legare and Melissa Quinn contributed to this report 

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