Texas: Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller’s political consultant indicted on charges of theft, bribery in hemp license scheme

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The Texas Tribune is reporting the following Attorneys for Smith said he has not broken any laws. Miller, who is seeking reelection and facing a competitive primary, said Tuesday evening he’s “not ready to throw [Smith] under the bus” and believes the indictment was politically motivated. Todd Smith, a top political consultant to Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, was indicted Tuesday on felony charges of theft and commercial bribery related to taking money in exchange for state hemp licenses that are doled out through Miller’s office, according to Travis County district attorney José Garza. Smith was arrested in May, accused of taking $55,000 as part of the scheme, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Smith and others were accused of soliciting up to $150,000 to get an “exclusive” hemp license from the Texas Department of Agriculture. Smith allegedly said $25,000 would be used for a public poll on hemp. A hemp license from the state costs $100, according to the arrest warrant. “We are holding accountable powerful actors who abuse the system and break the law,” Garza said. “Our community needs to know that no one is above the law and will face justice.” Read more at  https://www.texastribune.org/2022/01/18/sid-miller-todd-smith-hemp-licenses-indicted-ag-department/

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