Federal agents have begun searching for a Texas border man who went on the run instead of appearing in federal court for sentencing. German Garcia Cano was previously convicted for his role in bribing county commissioners in exchange for lucrative contracts.
Two Maverick County Commissioners, several county employees and contractors have been convicted in connection with a deeply rooted corruption system where the bidding process was rigged to ensure that only those paying bribes received contracts, as Breitbart Texas previously reported.
Last week, 55-year-old German Garcia Cano, a Mexican national living in San Antonio resident missed his sentencing hearing in Del Rio. U.S. District Court Judge Alia Moses then signed a bench warrant for his arrest, information provided to Breitbart Texas by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed.
Cano had been convicted in October on one count of bribing an entity receiving federal funds. He is described in court records as the owner of GGC Enterprises, a heavy equipment leasing business in Von Ormy, Texas.
Cano has ties to Mexico as well as other parts of Texas where could have fled there to avoid his sentence, the FBI said.
As Breitbart Texas has previously reported, corruption along the Texas border has been widespread and deeply ingrained leading the FBI to start a public corruption task force to address the problem. In the border city of Progreso, the former mayor, school board president and their father have all been sentenced to federal prison for their role in manipulating the bidding process in order to extort bribes from contractors. In another case of corruption several campaign workers from the border city of Donna have been sent to prison for buying votes with bags of cocaine, beer cans, cigarettes and cash in a case that a Chief U.S. District Judge called “disgusting”, Breitbart Texas previously reported. Most recently Breitbart Texas has been reporting on the school board in Donna where a series of deals and vendettas have been taking place in an effort to benefit certain individuals such as the hiring of a convicted felon as the school attorney at a salary of more than $300,000.