John Colyandro, the central figure in a political corruption investigation, was the first defendant to be booked. The former executive director of Texans for a Republican Majority, who lives in Austin, was fingerprinted and his mug shot taken before he was released on $150,000 bail Wednesday. The out-of-state defendants, Jim Ellis of Virginia and Warren Robold of Maryland, are expected to make their first court appearance Oct. 11.
A Travis County, Texas, grand jury on Tuesday returned 32 indictments against the three individuals and eight corporations on charges of campaign finance violations. Colyandro and Ellis, a close associate of U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, were indicted on charges of money laundering. Colyandro also was indicted on 13 counts of accepting unlawful corporate donations. Robold, who was hired to raise corporate donations, is accused in nine indictments of accepting and making illegal corporate donations.