October 26th, 2017
Nieto release conditions eased
By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA
PRESIDIO – Carlos Nieto has been granted the right to return to Presidio on weekends and holidays, according to his attorney, Liz Rogers. Rogers said her client was also given permission to visit Juarez, Mexico for dental treatment and received permission to travel to San Antonio for his uncle’s funeral.
The former Presidio school board president, City of Presidio special projects coordinator, Presidio ISD Education Foundation director, and Presidio County Appraisal District chairman is charged with public corruption in a case brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Modifications to Nieto’s bond release conditions followed a ruling by El Paso federal Judge David Guaderrama.
El Paso attorney Joe Spencer, who is also defending Nieto, filed the motions and appeared before Guaderrama, Rogers said.
The judge had previously ruled that Nieto not return to Presidio while awaiting trial. He is living in El Paso, where he works remotely as a consultant for San Jose, California-based Bradford Technologies Inc., Rogers said.
The judge’s initial ruling was based on letters presented to the court by Presidio County Attorney Rod Ponton, the City of Presidio, and Presidio County.
Nieto’s jury trial is set for March 2018, and follows his June 29 arrest for allegedly accepting $8,300 in bribes from a fake FBI company to help push a $300,000 contract through the county. Presidio County Precinct 3 Commissioner Lorenzo Hernandez is a co-defendant in the case, who also was arrested in the sting for allegedly accepting $19,000 in bribes.
While Nieto resigned from his elected and appointed posts, Hernandez continues to draw pay and benefits as a county commissioner while he is on a “temporary leave of absence.”
Correction: This version has been corrected to state that Mr. Nieto is charged with corruption only. The Presidio International/Marfa Big Bend Sentinel apologizes to Mr. Nieto and regrets the error.