Guilty Plea in Public Works Scandal

Tulsa, OK – Ex-Tulsa official pleads guilty to corruption

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A federal prosecutor says a former Tulsa Public Works Department official has pleaded guilty to corruption charges.

Acting U.S. Attorney Thomas Scott Woodward says former field engineering manager Albert Martinez pleaded guilty to bribery, mail fraud and procurement fraud. Woodward says Martinez agreed to repay the city $341,000 and faces up to 35 years in prison when he's sentenced Dec. 1.

Prosecutors say Martinez admitted to accepting bribes from a local construction company in a scheme involving inflated invoices. He also admitted accepting a $10,000 bribe to approve city contracts.

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