SAISD Trustee accused of participating in bribery, kickback scheme for more than 7 years

A board member for the San Antonio Independent School District was arrested Thursday morning on federal charges of taking bribes from an insurance services company, according to a federal complaint.

SAISD trustee Olga Hernandez, 66, is accused of accepting cash, jewelry and travel in exchange for her influence and vote on insurance services contracts.

The federal complaint alleges the bribery scheme went on from March of 2008 and May 2015. It also names Samuel Mullen, Joshua Cerna and William Haff as co-conspirators. Mullen and Cerna ran Mullen Pension and Benefits Group, LLC; the insurance company which provided the policies.

Hernandez has been with SAISD since May of 2006. Her current term is set to expire in 2019. She faces up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted.

UPDATE: SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez released this statement Thursday afternoon regarding the arrest of trustee Olga Hernandez.

“We are very saddened and disturbed by this news. Since I have been here working with the Board, they have demonstrated a commitment to act with the upmost integrity, to focus on our students and build trust with the community. We are waiting to find out more information, and will be following it closely.”

-Pedro Martinez, superintendent of San Antonio ISD

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