SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Texas state senator is facing fraud charges in connection with his role at a now-defunct oil field services company that federal prosecutors say was a Ponzi scheme.
The federal criminal fraud case against Democratic Sen. Carlos Uresti of San Antonio opened Monday.READ MORE: Shooting And Flipped Vehicle Results In Section Of LBJ Freeway In Balch Springs Shut Down For Hours
The nearly dozen charges against Uresti include securities fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.
His co-defendant Gary Cain faces nine felony charges and is being tried alongside the lawmaker.READ MORE: Suspect Charged In Connection With Gas Explosion At Dallas Apartment Complex
Prosecutors say Uresti pushed a client to invest large portions of a settlement she received in a wrongful death lawsuit in FourWinds Logistics, a fracking sand company that went bankrupt in 2015.
Prosecutors say Uresti and Cain lied to investors to make money.
Uresti’s attorney says the lawmaker had no knowledge the company’s head was squandering money on expenses unrelated to the company’s business.MORE NEWS: Amid Fight Over Redistricting, Texas Legislature's 3rd Special Session Ends With Passage Of Bipartisan Bills
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