Raymond Telles, Bobby Ruiz sentenced in El Paso public corruption case

EL PASO, Texas - Two people were sentenced Tuesday morning in connection with the federal public corruption case in El Paso.

Raymond Telles was sentenced to five years probation and a $4,000 fine. The fine is payable in $100 installments a month. During the sentencing hearing it was revealed Telles has given up his law license and now works as a handy man.

Roberto "Bobby" Ruiz was sentenced to two years in state prison, three years probation and a $134,000 fine. Ruiz has to turn himself into U.S. Marshals in Dallas on the first Monday of January.

Architect Lorenzo Aguilar was indicted with former El Paso County Judge Anthony Cobos in December of 2011.

According to the indictments, Cobos conspired with Ruiz, Chris Pak and Antonio Dill to award the county's $40 million financial underwriter contract to Ruiz's company, Bear Stearns. The company was not implicated in the scheme.

Telles, a lobbyist, then presented the business proposal to county commissioners for their approval in a regular meeting of the court.

The bribes for Cobos, according to the indictment, totaled $4,500.

Prosecutors alleged Ruiz used Aguilar as a middle man to send money to Cobos.

The money would go from Ruiz, to Aguilar, to Telles, then to Dill and finally, Cobos.

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