Carlos Uresti

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Updated Feb. 21

Closing arguments were delivered Tuesday from both the defense and prosecution in the federal trial against State Sen. Carlos Uresti and his involvement in the bankrupt fracking sand company Four Winds Logistics.

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Attorneys for State Senator Carlos Uresti say he had nothing to do with the fraud involved at Four Winds that caused investors to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars, while government attorneys argue he conspired to defraud investors. Monday's opening statements began a trial expected to last three weeks.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

State Senator Carlos Uresti will appear in federal court today for a jury trial on charges of money laundering and fraud. Uresti pled not guilty last year to his involvement with a fracking sand company.

A jury was seated last week.


If convicted, Uresti could face up to 20 years in prison for each of the 11 counts. Uresti represents State Senate District 19 which includes parts of San Antonio and Bexar County.


Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

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.