Saturday, September 12, 2009

BexarMet's former boss pleads guilty in wiretaps
The former general manager for the Bexar Metropolitan Water District pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of wiretapping — admissions that could send him to prison for up to 20 years and force him to testify against the utility's previous public relations consultant.

As a condition of the plea agreements, prosecutors aren't challenging Gil Olivares' request for probation.

Olivares, 47, is scheduled for sentencing in November.

In exchange, Olivares agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in their investigation against both BexarMet and former PR consultant T.J. Connolly.

Connolly is under indictment on charges of violating the Texas Election Code in the funneling of illegal campaign contributions to a BexarMet board member.

Olivares could be called to testify during Connolly's trial, which is set to begin late next month.

The wiretapping, which included business and personal calls from the office phones of four company officials, started in 2007 and lasted about eight months as the Texas Legislature was closely scrutinizing BexarMet.


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