Last year, a jury found former El Paso lawyer Marco Antonio Delgado guilty of funneling millions from an electrical project in a border town just across from Arizona. The money was intended for a contract for power turbines in Agua Prieta, Sonora. Instead, Delgado diverted the money into his personal accounts in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Delgado served as the representative for the New Mexico-based FGG Enterprises, LLC. The company signed a $120 million contract with the Comisíon Federal de Electricidad, Mexico's energy commission. The money was supposed to buy the turbines for Agua Prieta.
Sentenced earlier this month to five years in prison, Delgado is now appealing his 19 count conviction to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He’s already in prison on a 16-year sentence. He was found guilty in 2013 of conspiring to launder $600 million in drug proceeds.
Prosecutors will ask for restitution in this case in late November.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been modified to correct the name of the Turks and Caicos Islands.