With sentencing looming, convicted Sen. Uresti resigns

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Texas Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio. right, leaves the federal courthouse for a hearing, Monday, July 10, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — About a week before he’s scheduled to be sentenced on money laundering and fraud charges, Carlos Uresti resigned from his position as a state senator for District 19.

“As you know, I am in the process of ensuring that justice is served,” Uresti wrote in a statement. “These recent events have had a significant impact on my life, my family and my constituents. I need to attend to my personal matters and properly care for my family.”

Uresti has served as a Texas lawmaker for 22 years. Prior to becoming a state senator, Uresti served as a representative in the Texas House. 

Uresti, D-San Antonio, was convicted in February on 11 federal counts of money laundering and wire and securities fraud. Federal prosecutors say FourWinds Logistics, a now-shut down oilfield company, was operating a Ponzi scheme. Uresti was its general counsel, had a small stake of company shares and got commissions for recruiting investors.

His last day on the job as a senator will be June 22. Sentencing in his federal case is scheduled for June 25. Several of the charges could lead to prison sentences of up to 20 years for Uresti. 

In his resignation letter, he requested Governor Abbott call a special election during the general election to fill his seat, which he wasn’t set to leave until 2020.

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