The scheme of a Mexico businessman who sent his son and friend to bribe a federal U.S. judge with $1.2 million for a favorable outcome for drug trafficking trial backfired yesterday when he was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
The 52-year-old father and businessman, Francisco Colorado Cessa, Sr. was charged along with his son Francisco Cessa, Jr., 25, and Ramon Flores, 52, for their attempt to bribe a judge, announced U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman and San Antonio FBI Special Agent Armando Fernandez.
Colorado Cessa Sr. was convicted on May 9 by a federal jury for his role in a money laundering scheme that involved Los Zetas gang drug trafficking funds to “purchase, train, breed, and race American quarter horses in the United States,” said Pitman.
“We have said from the beginning that this case represents our commitment to keep the violence and corruption associated with Mexican drug cartels out of the United States,” Pitman stated.
“The sentences handed down yesterday emphasize our determination to seek the most severe penalties for importing the brand of corruption that has become endemic in Mexico,” continued Pitman.
Pitman believes this charge “demonstrates that individuals associated with the most violent drug cartel believe that they can corrupt what we hold as the bedrock of American justice—the United States Courts.”
Pitman said Texans can “rest assured that we will stop at nothing to send the message that we are one step ahead of them, and if they continue to try to function as they do in Mexico, we will find them, we will stop them, and we will do whatever it takes to ensure that they are punished to the full extent of the law.”
The FBI arrested Colorado Cessa, Jr. and Segura Flores yesterday evening. According to the San Antonio FBI field office, if the three are convicted, they “face up to five years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.”
The federal judge was not involved in the scheme according to the FBI.