South Texas businessman pleads guilty to bribery


DEL RIO, Texas (AP) - The owner of an Eagle Pass concrete company has pleaded guilty in Del Rio to bribing a top official of his border county to get construction contracts.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 52-year-old Salvador Castillon pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of paying a bribe to a Maverick County commissioner.

Prosecutors alleged that Castillon, owner of South Texas Concrete, won $564,800 in construction contracts in 2010 and 2011, the same period during which he paid a county commissioner $57,000. According to the indictment, Castillon would pay the commissioner between $3,000 and $5,000 for every contract he won.

Castillon remained on bond awaiting sentencing scheduled for May. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

A dozen people have pleaded guilty to public corruption-related charges in Maverick County.

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