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Albert Garza Bustamante
Democrat, Texas (1985-1992)
The Honorable Albert Bustamante was found guilty of two charges of selling his office for money. He was convicted of one count of racketeering based on his actions as a congressman. He accepted a bribe from a food service company that sought his help in trying to renew an Air Force contract. The jury also convicted him of accepting a no-risk loan as a bribe in a San Antonio television station deal His wife, Rebecca, was found innocent of all seven counts she faced.
Bustamante was sentenced to 42 months in prison in 1993. He served nearly three years in the federal pen, then was released to a half-way house.
Bustamante became a member of the Congressional Prison Caucus.
He was greeted with cheers and hugs, and a mariachi band serenaded him, as he stepped off the airplane at San Antonio.
Sources: "Bustamante Out of Prison," Houston Chronicle, Feb. 10, 1998, A15; "Texan Found Guilty of Taking Bribes While a Lawmaker," Atlanta Constitution, July 22, 1992, A8.