Architect gets five years in prison for Progreso bribery scandal

Former Progreso ISD School Board President Michael Vela // File Photo

The final suspect in the Progreso Pay To Play bribery scheme will spend the next five years in federal prison.

McAllen-based architect Jesus Bustos appeared for sentencing at Houston TMs federal courthouse on Wednesday.

Bustos appeared before U.S. District Court Judge David Hittner.

The McAllen-based architect was indicted along Progreso TMs mayor Omar Vela, his school board president brother and their father.

Bustos pleaded guilty to bribing the Vela family in order to get lucrative construction contracts with the Progreso Independent School District.

As part of his plea agreement, Bustos agreed to forfeit $200,000 dollars in cash.

Judge Hittner sentenced to five years in federal prison followed by two years of probation for his role in the bribery scandal.

Bustos was taken into custody immediately following the hearing to begin his prison sentence.