4 former public officials sentenced in El Paso's federal corruption case

POSTED: 11:20 AM MST Feb 19, 2013    UPDATED: 11:16 AM MST Feb 20, 2013 
EL PASO, Texas -

Four former elected officials were sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Frank Montalvo for their parts in a widespread public corruption scheme.

Their sentences are:

During her sentencing, Chavez told the Montalvo, "Please understand I was not acting in a selfish way... I was naive... I trusted persons who I considered noble and trustworthy but were not."

Montalvo called Chavez's husband to the podium and scolded him for feeding his wife answers to questions during a recent meeting with her probation officer. Montalvo also told Chavez's husband if he ever hears of him doing it again, Montalvo will personally lodge a complaint against him with the FBI.

Both Chavez and Medina cried when they said their statements before being sentenced.

Medina took very long pauses, sometimes for several seconds, because he had to regain his composure from crying.

"For the rest of my life, I'm going to try my hardest and I know I'm going to succeed to make up for the harm I did to my community... It makes me feel good to do good. It makes me feel needed... When that trust is betrayed by an elected official that's the worst they can do.... I will be apologizing until the day I die."

Duntley, like Chavez, said he was influenced by others. "This issue has been a self inflicted cloud over my head... I lived in this darkness, sometimes even in my sleep... I've disgraced my family name. I've disgraced my family name... I've disgraced my noble profession. That's why I voluntarily turned in my law license. I will try to make amends the rest of my life."

The three who were sentenced to prison were immediately taken into custody by the U.S. Marshalls Service.

The four sentenced on Tuesday are part of a group of 11 El Pasoans who turned themselves in to the FBI in September 2010 after they were indicted that same week on federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations or RICO charges.

The case centers around Access HealthSource and its contracts with El Paso County and three school districts from 1998-2007.

The school districts were El Paso Independent School District, Ysleta Independent School District, and Socorro Independent School District. The indictment states there was a pattern of racketeering mail fraud and wire fraud.

RICO indictments returned in September 2010:

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