Local businessman awaits arraignment on bribery and money launde

Local businessman awaits arraignment on bribery and money laundering charges

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock businessman Vernon Farthing III is free on appearance bond until his arraignment on the May 31.

He's named in an indictment charging him with conspiracy to commit bribery and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The indictment also charges San Antonio State Senator Carlos Uresti.

Court records indicate the pair conspired with others to pay and accept bribes in order to secure a reeves county correctional center medical services contract for Farthing's company. 

According to court documents, Farthing paid Uresti $10,000 a month as a marketing consultant and that half the money was given to a Reeves County official for his support and vote to award the contract to Farthing's company. That official has not been charged. 

"I've always conducted myself with the utmost integrity in my business, and I look forward to being vindicated in a court of law," Farthing said.

Farthing's attorney said they are comfortable with the facts of the case and also expects full vindication.

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