It appears as though the government is going to handle the prosecution of the recently indicted former EPISD officials as a conspiracy case.
There are two counts (lying to a grand jury and lying to the FBI) that look as though they apply to only one of the defendants. The other defendants don’t seem to be involved.
There is one count of mail fraud (even though Federal Express was the carrier) that alleges an improper shipment on April 26, 2011. The indictment implies that there is a five year statute of limitations on this type of mail fraud. The indictment was filed with the court April 20, 2016. If I read everything correctly that means that they waited 4 years and 51 weeks to bring the indictment. It would seem to me that if what these people did was so horrible the government would want to put them in jail right away.
There are three counts of alleged conspiracy. It looks like this is where the government is going to focus. If they cannot get any of the defendants to give up before trial they will probably produce a “he said, she said” case. I have heard on the street that some of the defendants did not/do not even know each other.
If they can get one or some of the defendants to fold, then their plea agreement will probably say their sentence will depend upon “how well they cooperate at trial”.