Commissions on the border fence
There is a lot of money to be made in fencing. Apparently, this county official figured out how to get a 1.5% commission on that previous spending.
A decade ago as the federal government rushed to construct 60 miles of barrier in the Rio Grande Valley, it entrusted the chief of a little-known local agency to execute a compromise project. What it didn’t know was that he — and his family — stood to make millions from it.
The Texas Tribune
A few months later the suit was dismissed, though certainly doesn’t sound particularly ethical
Hidalgo County’s claims of improper enrichment by a former employee and his family are either dismissed or withdrawn. Employee sees vindication; the county says it could appeal or head to federal court.
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