Lubbock businessman, state senator face federal conspiracy charg

Lubbock businessman, state senator face federal conspiracy charges

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A Lubbock businessman was named in an indictment along with State Senator Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio).

Uresti and Vernon C. Farthing III, 44, face charges of conspiracy to commit bribery and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The indictment alleges Farthing and Uresti conspired with others to pay and accept bribes in order to secure a Reeves County Correctional Center medical services contract for Farthing's company. 

Court documents allege Farthing paid Uresti $10,000 a month as a marketing consultant, giving a Reeves County official, who has not been charged, half for his vote to award the contract to Farthing's company.

Farthing is set to appear in a San Antonio court Thursday. 

The Associated Press reported Uresti says he is innocent of all charges. 

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