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Lubbock businessman charged with bribery, conspiracy testifies he didn’t know Uresti was splitting fee

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

According to the San Antonio Express-News, a Lubbock businessman on trial for bribery and conspiracy claims he didn't know a $10,000 monthly consulting fee his company paid a former state lawmaker was going to a former judge.

Vernon Farthing III said he was persuaded by former Reeve County Judge Jimmy Galindo to hire former State Senator Carlos Uresti as a consultant.

Uresti funneled that money to Judge Halindo so Farthing's company, Physicians Network Association, could get a contract from Reeves County.

Uresti and Galindo have both pleaded guilty. Uresti was sentenced to 12 years in prison in June for 11 felony charges in an unrelated case.

Farthing is the only defendant in this case to fight the charges.

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