Half Guilty, Half Pregnant Arnulfo C. Olivarez, a Harlingen, Texas based insurance agent, is to be sentenced at 9:00 am, November 29 in McAllen, Texas, Judge Ricardo Hinojosa presiding. Prior sentencing dates have been postponed more than six times, so there is no guarantee that this next scheduled sentencing date will not be postponed as well.
In talking with various sources in the know, Molly Mulebriar has learned that Olivarez’s sentencing has been continuously postponed due to an on-going FBI investigation. One Dallas based attorney in the know, told Mulebriar that the FBI and the U.S. Postal Service are following up on leads provided by Olivarez and others, with additional leads in play all weaved through a complicated web.
The FBI announced that further indictments are expected (See FBI News Release – type in “Olivarez” in search box on this blog for additional postings on this matter).
Olivarez plead half guilty to paying bribes to pubic officials in return for lucrative insurance contracts.
At his appearance to plead before Judge Hinojosa, he stated something to the effect “Your Honor, Im not guilty of all the charges, which therefore makes me only half guilty!” Thus the name “Half Guilty, Half Pregnant Olivarez”.
Olivarez faces up to 20 years in prision and fines.
Editor’s Note: Olivarez was the insurance agent for many political subdivisions in South Texas some of which are PSJA Independent School District, Hidalgo County, Rio Grande City Independent School District, San Benito Independent School District, Roma Independent School District, Harlingen Independent School District, City of Harlingen, Cameron County, Mission Independent School District, Ed Couch Elsa Independent School District, Edinburg Independent School District and others. Annual insurance commissions may have averaged many millions of dollars. We learned for example, through an Open Record Request, the Mission ISD was paying Olivarez $250,000.
If bribery was employed by Mr. Olivarez or others with any of these entities, one would expect the FBI investigation to be prolonged. With recent public corruption indictments in deep South Texas, some taking years to develop iron clad cases, investigators must be short handed and overworked.