Carlos Uresti

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State Senator Carlos Uresti says he’s innocent of fraud, bribery and money laundering charges that could bring him a 200-year prison sentence if convicted on all charges.  The San Antonio Democrat appeared before a federal judge this morning.

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State Senator Carlos Uresti, a Democrat representing parts of San Antonio, is facing two indictments that were handed up by a federal grand jury on Tuesday.  The federal government claims Uresti was participating in a Ponzi scheme., a type of  fraud in which investors are recruited for a  nonexistent business by the payment of quick returns to early investors from money paid by later investors. 

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In a statement Sen. Carlos Uresti said he was spending Thursday at the state legislature doing the people’s work.  But he was nowhere to be found.  State Rep. Tomas Uresti was there and defended his younger brother.

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The FBI began a raid early Thursday morning at the San Antonio law offices of state Sen. Carlos Uresti, The San Antonio Express-News first reported.

FBI agents have been seen at the scene removing boxes from the offices approximately every 30 minutes.

"Law enforcement agents with (the) IRS and FBI are lawfully present conducting a law enforcement operation," FBI spokesperson Michelle Lee says in a written statement. "No further details can be released at this time."  

No arrests have been made today, she added. 

Two of San Antonio’s longest serving state lawmakers confirm - they failed to report a combined $60,000 in campaign donations. Senators Carlos Uresti and Jose Menendez have vowed to correct their mistakes.

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