|By Evan Mohl, El Paso Times, Texas|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
In a superseding indictment filed Wednesday, prosecutors allege that Gandara aided and abetted mail fraud, wire fraud and the deprivation of honest services when he was an SISD trustee in 2006. Gandara is accused of accepting a
Gandara was already charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and deprivation of honest services in the same scheme. Gandara was indicted in 2010 along with 10 others, all of whom have already pleaded
"It doesn't change much factually," said Gandara's attorney,
The additional charge and changes to Gandara's indictment come six weeks before Gandara's jury trial, which is set for
"I don't think it's an attempt to get a plea deal," Darnell said. "They know at this point
we're not going to plea. Willie's position was not guilty before, and that doesn't change with his tweaks."
Gandara's trial was originally set for last September, but it was delayed when federal prosecutors successfully filed a motion to disqualify defense lawyer
The elder Gandara, once considered a rising star in
He has owned at least two successful Socorro businesses:
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