Disgraced Webb County Commissioner Jaime Canales and Johnny "I had to compensate for my height" Amaya were supposed to be sentenced on February 14 for their political dirty dealings. Their judgement would get delayed on that special day of love. This morning we learned that they may be free men for the summer, as their sentencing is once again postponed 3 months. Memorial Day plans HERE WE COME! (also Mother's Day, Father's Day & 4th of July)
For two years, "Canales accepted checks disguised as campaign contributions plus meals, entertainment and the use of a co-conspirator's Padre Island condo - together totaling in excess of $10,000 each year." (Julia Wallace, Laredo Times)
The Times writer mentions the process by which Canales, Amaya and a Dannenbaum Engineering representative carried out their scheme: the drafting of policy by the company stooge, request-for-qualifications votes by the commissioner, change orders, etc.
Canales voted for projects that would benefit the engineering company, including the Hachar-Reuthlinger Road project. Amaya acted as the middle man. (Quote below via the LMT)
Amaya allegedly provided these bribes to Canales and other officials which were all reimbursed by the corporate funds of the engineering firm, according to the feds.Underscore OTHER OFFICIALS!!!
We just passed the 2-year mark when city hall, as well as Canales' office, was raided by the FBI. But here we are with only Canales and Amaya facing jail time. Seven city officials were named as FBI target subjects back in 2017. Does the sentencing delay mean that more indictments are coming soon? Could it mean that Amaya is cooperating with federal officials and will end up naming names? Public comments on social media seem to suggest so.
Dannenbaum executive Louis Jones Jr. committed suicide in October. The only witness the feds may have now is Johnny Amaya, the go-between in all of this. He may be the metaphorical little bird that tells on the other crooks skulking about our fair city.