Former Houston officials indicted on bribery charges

(CNN) — A former Houston council member, two former city officials and a former precinct commissioner are under federal investigation for allegedly taking bribes, U.S. officials confirmed Monday. The Texas city of 1.3 million…

Former Houston officials indicted on bribery charges

(CNN) — A former Houston council member, two former city officials and a former precinct commissioner are under federal investigation for allegedly taking bribes, U.S. officials confirmed Monday.

The Texas city of 1.3 million people is currently in the middle of a contentious political battle in which several key positions are vacant.

The indictment includes charges of accepting bribes, money laundering and other charges.

The case is shaping up to be one of the most prominent political corruption scandals in recent memory.

The indictment accuses the former officials of accepting thousands of dollars in bribes from former oil and gas executive Charles Adams to help him in his bid to become an oil and gas commissioner.

Adams is facing unrelated state charges of manslaughter and theft in connection with the deaths of seven of his former workers who worked for him when he was the CEO of a company called Reston Energy.

A statement from U.S. Attorney John S. Bales said the case began in 2015, and has already resulted in the conviction of one defendant, Paula Overby, the former precinct commissioner.

The case involves two vacant city council positions, a city commissioner’s seat and a lawsuit brought by the former officials.

The city of Houston is led by council members Ed Gonzalez and Sylvester Turner. Last year, Turner was chosen by the state Democratic Party to lead the party and was considered a potential candidate for governor in the 2020 election.

The election is scheduled for September, and all positions are subject to recall.

The candidates who were at the head of the ballot until recently include former council member Katherine Cordova and former city commissioner Ronnie Corrigan.

CNN has reached out to Corrigan and Cordova for comment, and will update this story as soon as they respond.

Cordova resigned as council member on Tuesday, and Corrigan announced earlier this year that he wouldn’t run in the September election.

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