CORPUS CHRISTI - Eulalio Orta III is expected to turn himself in to the Federal Correctional Institution in Three Rivers on Thursday, Jan. 11, according to the court records.
Orta is the son of Sandra Caro and the stepson of Adan Caro, who ran for Jim Wells County Sheriff in the November 2016 elections.
Otra, a former engineer with Kock Pipeline, along with Sandra and Adan, and Josh Price, president of the pipeline inspection and repair services were arrested in 2016 for a money laundering scheme.
Orta and Price plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. For their pleas, the U.S. Attorney's Office agreed to dismiss 14 other charges against them.
On Thursday, Jan. 11 by 2 p.m., Orta is to be at the Three Rivers prison where he is expected to serve 15 months. He was also order to pay $75,000 in restitution.
All the charges against the Adan and Sandra Caro were dismissed by US Attorney Lance Watt in May of 2017, after two other individuals pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charge and admitted to scheming Koch Pipeline Company.
The investigation into the scheme began when Orta's then-girlfriend sent Koch packets including emails and explanations of what she said the employees were wrongfully doing.
Koch Pipeline Company owns and operates approximately 4,000 miles of pipeline that transports crude oil, refined petroleum products, chemicals and natural gas liquids to distribution centers across the nation.
According to initial court records, the Caro's, Price and Jackson had allegedly submitted fictitious invoices for repair work on a silt fence, which were approved by Orta for final payment. The money was then transferred through wire communication in interstate commerce. One transaction for $239,625 was transferred into M&I bank account on July 29, 2011 and another for $199,375 on Aug. 17, 2011 for work on a silt fence in the Corpus Christi area, court documents stated.
During a previous court hearing, Orta admitted to creating a nonexistent company he would then hire to do work for Koch.
After Koch's investigation, the company sued Orta and nine other people, including Price, Adan and Sandra. The 10 people in the civil suit agreed to pay $2.75 million to Koch. When the case was taken before the U.S. Attorneys Office, six people were charged with criminal cases.