Troubles proceed to mount for a Texas Democrat who was lately convicted on 11 federal counts of cash laundering and wires and securities fraud. On Friday the spouse of state Sen. Carlos Uresti filed for divorce.
Margaret “Lleanna” Uresti submitted authorized papers in Bexar County District Court docket, the San Antonio Specific-Information reported. The couple have been married for six years.
Uresti, 54, served as her lawyer throughout her 2008 divorce from her earlier husband, the newspaper reported. Margaret Uresti is 12 years the senator’s junior, the report stated.
The Urestis’ marital hassle comes because the San Antonio lawmaker faces stress to resign from his seat within the Texas Senate, and as his license to apply regulation is in jeopardy.
As well as, he may face as a lot as 20 years in jail, plus restitution, when he’s sentenced in June.
Throughout Uresti’s corruption trial, prosecutors stated he and a co-defendant lied to traders to generate income for a fracking sand firm that went bankrupt in 2015.
In the meantime, the Each day Beast lately reported that Uresti faces a separate bribery trial in Could, and likewise faces accusations of sexual harassment from a number of ladies.
These ladies embody a reporter who claimed Uresti groped her and “put his tongue down my throat,” and a knowledge director on the state Democratic Celebration who stated he ogled her.
“We had been being launched and after we shook fingers, he spun me round and stated one thing like, ‘Rattling, lady — you’re hassle,’” Jenn Cervella advised the Each day Beast.
One other girl claimed that Uresti requested her in the course of a staircase on the state Capitol whether or not she was sporting a polka-dot thong. Uresti had denied numerous allegations to the Each day Beast when some ladies got here ahead in December, however didn’t reply to the outlet for touch upon the most recent claims in opposition to him.
Uresti couldn’t be reached Friday for remark about his spouse’s divorce petition, the Specific-Information reported.
Fox Information’ Adam Shaw and the Related Press contributed to this story.