FBI agents, police raid local offices of Sen. Carlos Uresti
UPDATE at 4 p.m.: In bankruptcy court documents, FourWinds was founded in 2012 for the purpose of selling "frac sand" to oil and gas production companies. At that time, Stan Bates owned 51%, Shannon Smith 48% and Senator Carlos Uresti 1%.
Uresti also provided legal services at one time for the company. Federal indictments show three former employees of FourWinds Logistics including Shannon Smith all indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
The indictments say the object of the conspiracy was to convince folks to invest money into FourWinds Logistics.
They go on to say, the company provided false and misleading information. In Smith's indictment it shows she had more than 80,000 dollars from the company wired to her personal accounts.
In the bankruptcy documents, it shows Uresti was paid 40,000 dollars by the FourWinds company and was sued after not paying that back by a certain deadline.
The documents show that suit was settled. Local FBI agents will not elaborate on the purpose of their raid Thursday.
UPDATE at 11 a.m.: Senator Carlos Uresti issued a statement regarding Thursday morning's raid.
Today, FBI agents are in my office, reviewing our documents as part of their broad investigation of the Four Winds matter. I have instructed my staff to fully cooperate with the federal investigators. I will help them in whatever way I can.
I am now at the Capitol conducting the people's business, working hard to achieve a good budget for the people of Texas through my continued service on the Senate Finance Committee, and to find solutions for the foster children of Texas, as the Vice-Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee. Likewise, I continue to work diligently to solve problems on the Veterans Affairs and Border Security Committees.
As always, I remain committed to serve my constituents.”
See previous story below.
SAN ANTONIO - Several law enforcement officers were reported at the offices of Carlos Uresti just north of downtown on Thursday morning.
Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and San Antonio Police Department officers were seen going in and out of the building located at McCullough and Quincy.
No details were provided regarding the police activity, but an FBI spokesperson said agents with the Internal Revenue Service are also at the scene.
Uresti is a state senator, representing District 19 in the Texas Legislature.
On Thursday, the Texas Tribune reported Uresti was one of two state senators who failed to report $60,000 in campaign donations. Senator Jose Menendez was the other lawmaker mentioned in the Texas Tribune article.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.