McALLEN, Texas –A former Weslaco city
commissioner and economic development corporation board member has admitted he
lied under oath, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick.
David Fox, 50, Weslaco, pleaded guilty today.
During a grand jury proceeding Nov. 20, 2018,
Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Roberto Lopez Jr. asked Fox if he had received
any money or any benefit from any individual or entity in connection with
casting a vote as a member of the Weslaco City Commission. He responded “no.”
Later, he admitted he had received at least
$2,000 in bribes. He believed the money was intended to influence his votes as
a commissioner relating to the Weslaco water and wastewater treatment plants
Fox served in this role from approximately
December 2012 through November 2015. During portions of this time, Fox
also served as a board member for the Weslaco Economic Development Corporation.
U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez accepted
the plea today and set sentencing for Jan. 9, 2020, at which time Fox faces up
to five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine.
He was permitted to remain on bond pending
The FBI and IRS – Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation. AUSA Lopez is
prosecuting the case.