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The other two set to be ...
The other two set to be sentenced today are architect Lorenzo Aguilar and political consultant Tony Dill.
Cobos and his co-defendant, ...
Cobos and his co-defendant, architect Lorenzo Aguilar, were in court Tuesday for motions hearings ahead of their scheduled trial next week.
were indicted in December 2011, and federal prosecutors filed three superseding indictments in response to their defense motions.
The last superseding indictment, issued in July, alleged that Aguilar
and others in 2007 agreed to bribe Cobos
to influence the awarding of a bond refinance project.
Federal prosecutors alleged that Cobos
and others agreed to take part in a scheme to fraudulently award a contract to Bear Stearns, while the county was accepting bids from financial service companies that competed for a role in refinancing $40 million in county debt, according to El Paso Times archives.
is the last defendant in the group associated with the scheme who is awaiting trial.
Cobos, architect Lorenzo ...
Cobos, architect Lorenzo Aguilar, former city Rep.
According to court documents, U.S. ...
According to court documents, U.S. District Court Judge Frank Montalvo approved moving the trial from Aug. 26 to Sept. 9 after defense attorneys for Cobos and his co-defendant, architect Lorenzo Aguilar, and prosecutors agreed to the delay.
Also on Wednesday, prosecutors filed a third superseding indictment -- the fourth indictment overall -- against Cobos and Aguilar
, who are each charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and the deprivation of honest services.
Attorneys for Cobos and Aguilar
had filed requests to dismiss the first and second superseding indictments against them, calling them "insufficient" and "vague."
Federal prosecutors allege Cobos, Aguilar
and others agreed to participate in a scheme to fraudulently award a contract to Bear Stearns, while the county was accepting bids from financial service companies as they competed for a role in refinancing $40 million in county debt.
Both Cobos and Aguilar
have pleaded not guilty.
In January 2007, prosecutors allege, Aguilar
approached Dill on Ruiz's behalf and sought Dill's help in introducing Ruiz to Cobos.
Cobos and architect Lorenzo ...
Cobos and architect Lorenzo Aguilar were charged last month in a second superceding indictment on a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and the deprivation of honest services, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
The second superseding indictment was apparently filed in response to a request filed by the defense attorneys for Cobos and Aguilar
that argued a first superseding indictment "is essentially devoid of any specific facts."
The second indictment more clearly outlined the scheme Cobos and Aguilar
are alleged to have been involved in during 2007, and listed the initials for others apparently involved in the scheme.
the scheme was for Cobos "to secretly use his official position as the El Paso, Texas County Judge Ã‰ to enrich himself and others by soliciting and accepting gifts, payments and other things of value from Defendant, Lorenzo Hilario Aguilar
and other persons known to the Grand Jury in exchange for favorable official action."
However, in the defense request to dismiss the second superseding indictment, attorneys Richard Esper, David Botsford and Ray Velarde argue the new indictment does not specify "any alleged gifts, payments and other things of value" allegedly solicited by or offered to Cobos and Aguilar.
The trial for Cobos and Aguilar
is scheduled for Aug. 26.