Roger Croteau - Express-News
It sparked fresh anger from a state senator who has been probing the trio's years of control of the co-op, the state's largest, which serves 225,000 members in a multicounty region in the Hill Country.
PEC officials recently discovered the account and are in the process of determining how to divide the money with Bluebonnet.
The letter said the money was for work the three did to help end decade-long litigation relating to the Texland project, “earned for years of hard but ultimately successful efforts on behalf of Texland ... that also benefited PEC.”
“Following this payment, we never received another payment from this account or from Texland,” the letter states.
“This revelation is a continuing pattern of how Fuelberg and Burnett lined their own pockets by fleecing the PEC membership,” Fraser said in a prepared statement. “Once the Texland bank account was made known to the members, Fuelberg and Burnett knew it was only a matter of time before this information was uncovered. I want to know what else they are hiding from the members.”
PEC District 4 board member Robert Reed used the word “outraged” to describe his feelings.
“I was not aware that Texland was an active entity, and certainly not aware there was a non-interest-bearing bank account in Texland's name. To find out payments were actually made from this account without board knowledge and approval is extremely disheartening,” he said.