Prosecutors Accuse Kino Flores of Ethics Volations

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 8:23am

Prosecutors say a Texas lawmaker wanted to "line his pockets" while using his power to help a businessman, who later was convicted of Medicaid fraud.

State Representative Kino Flores pleaded not guilty on Monday at his criminal trial began in Austin. The Democrat is accused of multiple perjury and ethics violations dating to 2003. A Travis County Assistant District Attorney told jurors that Flores took a bribe from the the owner of a chain of Rio Grande Valley medical clinics in exchange for favorable legislation. Flores' attorney denied those charges during opening arguments and faces up to two years in prison if convicted.

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