The president of a Dallas company that provides food services for several jails around the state, along with the company itself, has been found guilty in the bribing of a former Potter County sheriff.
Mid-America Services Inc. will pay a $100,000 fine for engaging in organized criminal activity, according to the terms of a plea agreement finalized Friday in Collin County.
This comes a day after Robert Austin Jr., Mid-America president, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of giving a gift to a public servant. Mr. Austin, who was accused of using bribes to obtain contracts, was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine.
Potter County will receive the fines from both cases, which were moved to McKinney from Amarillo on a motion for venue change.
The guilty pleas are the culmination of a two-year investigation by the FBI into public corruption allegations against former Potter County Sheriff Michael Shumate.