4 more 'Poisoned Pawns' to be sentenced this summer, 1 to go to trial

POSTED: 04:29 PM MST Feb 19, 2013 
EL PASO, Texas -

Six of 11 people have been sentenced as part of the federal government's Operation Poisoned Pawns corruption case.

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:


Sentences and those awaiting sentencing