The owner of a Texas
trucking company has been convicted of 97 counts of bribery, money laundering
Joe Mack Pool, owner
of Machinery Transport Inc. of Henderson, TX, admitted before a federal jury
that he and Billy Eastland, a dispatcher for his company, had paid thousands of
dollars in exchange for faster permit processing with the state, but denied
that the money was a bribe.
A mistrial was
declared in Eastland’s case after it was found that some jurors disagreed with
an original guilty verdict the jury had given.
The case brings to a
close a federal case that has been ongoing since 1998. Eight people have been
indicted for a combined total of 625 counts of crimes, including conspiracy,
bribery, money laundering, witness tampering and aiding and abetting, the Fort
Worth Star-Telegram reported.