La Joya administrator found guilty of extortion | USAO-SDTX
McALLEN, Texas — A 48-year-old Sullivan City man admitted to threatening to void a contract if he didn’t receive increased monetary payments, U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery said.
Oscar Salinas aka “Coach” pleaded guilty today.
As part of the plea, Salinas admitted he had a deal with Jacinto Garza, CEO of L&G Engineering. Salinas was to receive payments through his company from L&G.
Additionally, the La Joya Independent School District (LJISD) had an insurance contract with Ruth Villareal Insurance. Salinas learned that Garza was politically supportive of Everardo Villarreal, candidate for Hidalgo County Commissioner and husband of Ruth Villareal.
Salinas threatened to terminate the contract with Ruth Villarreal Insurance if the agreement with Garza was not renegotiated for additional monetary payments. Garza eventually terminated the payment agreement with Salinas.
Salinas then voted to terminate LJISD’s contract with Ruth Villarreal Insurance.
U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez accepted the plea and set sentencing for June 16. At that time, Salinas faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
He was allowed to remain on bail pending this hearing.
The FBI conducted the investigation with the help of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Department of Agriculture, Texas Department of Insurance and McAllen Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Roberto Lopez Jr. is pursuing the case.