HCC Trustee pleads guilty in $90,000 bribery scheme

HOUSTON — A Houston Community College trustee pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge, just-unsealed federal documents show.

HCC trustee Chris Oliver was arrested in March and pleaded guilty in May, according to court records.

Although rumors swirled throughout Houston political circles for months that Oliver was being targeted by the feds, prosecutors kept the case under wraps until now.

Oliver is accused of taking nearly $90,000 in bribes, some of which came in the form of Visa gift cards, according to court records.

Oliver pleaded guilty to only one of two counts he was indicted on. In the other count, federal prosecutors allege he accepted $12,000 in bribes.

He is due to be sentenced in August.

The Texas Monitor left a message on Oliver’s cell phone and will update this story when he calls back.

Trustee President Eva Loredo said she was “shocked” at the news when contacted by The Texas Monitor and said this was new ground for her and the board.

“I’ve never been on the board when something like this has happened,” she said. “I’ll have to research on it and talk to the [HCC trustee’s] attorney and see what we do next.”

The next time the trustees are scheduled to meet is Aug. 10.

Oliver was first elected in 1995 and is the longest-serving HCC trustee.

Trent Seibert can be reached at [email protected] or at 832-258-6119.