EL PASO — The trial in federal court has started for a man accused of taking part in scheme that defrauded a county program out of more than half a million dollars.
The county of El Paso allegedly paid Cirilo "Chilo" Madrid $100,000 dollars to write a report for the "Border Chidren's Mental Health Collaborative. He later admitted he plagiarized the report from the internet.
The program provided treatment and services to children with serious mental illnesses.
As part of the scheme, Former County Judge Dolores Briones pleaded guilty to taking bribes in exchange for her support of a contract with a company called LKG Enterprises with the Border Children's Mental Health Collaborative.
LKG CEO Ruben "Sonny" Garcia pleaded guilty to paying bribes to Briones.
The prosecution and defense are expected to call several witnesses to the stand during the trial.
Twelve jurors were selected at 9 a.m. Monday.
U.S. District Judge Frank Montalvo recessed the trial at about 5:10 p.m. Monday. It will resume at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.