Ex-Judge, Others Indicted For Hurricane Ike Fraud

Law360, New York (January 28, 2011, 5:13 PM EST) -- A former Texas county judge has been charged with taking $611,000 in kickbacks in exchange for securing contracts involving more than $3.2 million in federal government-funded debris removal work following Hurricane Ike.

Former Liberty County Precinct 2 Commissioner Herman “Lee” Groce and businessman Mark Wayne Miksch were also named defendants along with ex-judge John “Phil” Fitzgerald in a 25-count indictment that a federal grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas returned Wednesday.

Miksch, who is Fitzgerald's brother-in-law, provided the kickbacks...
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