By Pilar Arias
Senator Carlos Uresti made his initial appearance in a federal court Wednesday morning after being indicted on charges involving wire fraud, money laundering and more.
Uresti and two others, Stanley Bates and Gary Cain, are accused of being involved in a ponzi scheme to market fracking sand for oil production.
A federal judge read the three their charges and made sure they understood their constitutional rights. The three were all placed on a $50,000 appearance bond, meaning they have to pay if they fail to make their next court appearance set for May 31.
Uresti addressed the media while walking out of the courthouse.
“I am innocent of these charges. I look forward to my day in court when all the facts come out and the truth and not just what’s been written in the press,” Uresti said.
The senator said he was headed back to Austin to finish out the remaining two weeks of the legislative session.