Superintendent Arrested And Charged With Conspiracy In El Paso

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Federal agents have arrested El Paso School Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia on corruption charges.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, a federal grand jury in El Paso indicted Garcia on two conspiracy counts and single mail fraud and theft counts. The indictment says that between 2006 and 2003, Garcia conspired with an unnamed person with whom he had a personal relationship to secure a no-bid contract.

The indictment alleges that Garcia instructed his alleged co-conspirator to falsely state that he was the only provider of the goods and services he was offering and that Garcia and the co-conspirator sought to overcharge the school district. Court records list no attorney is listed for Garcia, who remains in custody without bond.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison per count.