Former President of Access Administrators Faces April Public Corruption Trial

Operation Poisoned Pawns continues to unfold. In Chess, the Poisoned Pawn Variation is any of several chess opening variations where a pawn is said to be “poisoned” because its capture can result in positional problems or material loss for the captor.

“Apodaca and 10 others are scheduled to go to trial in April before U.S. District Judge Frank Montalvo on allegations they used a scheme of bribes and kickbacks to obtain government contracts for Access. ”

“ACCESS, among other things, was a third party administrator of healthcare benefits for self insured entities. Between 1998 and 2007, ACCESS contracted with self-insured local (El Paso) government entities, including the county and three school districts, to provide administrative services for their health insurance programs. ”

“The indictment alleges that, in order to obtain and maintain these lucrative healthcare services contracts, ACCESS conspired to engage in a pattern of racketeering activity, including mail fraud, wire fraud, and bribery, through it’s owner, Robert Jones, CEO/President Frank Apodaca, and public relations contractor Marc Schwartz. This indictment alleges ACCESS conspired to commit fraud and bribery with elected and appointed members of the El Paso County Commissioners Court and elected Trustees of the El Paso, Ysleta, and Soccoro Independent School Districts.”

There remains 14 un-named co-conspirators –

Editor’s Note: Revenge is a powerful emotion – Molly Mulebriar reports that an FBI probe, and an anonomous tip regarding a 501 C Trust , led to more leads and indictments far broader than the original FBI investigation focus. See – .  Fourteen unnamed co-conspirators may indicate more indictments to come.