White-Collar Crime

Former Texas Judge Agrees to Pay $250K Restitution in School Health Care Fraud Case

Sentenced last month to 63 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to a fraud involving the Ysleta Independent School District while he working for a health care provider, a former Texas judge has now agreed to pay $250,000 restitution.

Luther Jones, 66, who once sat on the bench in El Paso and served as a political leader there, plans to cover the restitution through the sale of two condominiums, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News and KDBC.

At one point federal prosecutors contended Jones had access to a Swiss bank account, but he denied this at a plea hearing last month, and there was no mention of such an account in the restitution agreement, the Sun-News reports.

He is serving his 63-month sentence concurrently with a six-year term in an unrelated corruption case. It involved a scheme to get El Paso County to contract with one of Jones’ clients for multimillion-dollar document imaging services, an El Paso Times article notes.

Additional coverage:

El Paso Times (2011): “Luther Jones’ fall from grace: He was a state rep., trusted lawyer, and now a convicted felon”

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