The Department of Justice on Friday announced two indictments for a Democrat lawmaker and his wife over bribery allegations.

The Justice Department released a statement stating that Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and his wife, Imelda, were indicted over an alleged $600,000 bribery scheme.

“An indictment was unsealed today in the Southern District of Texas charging U.S. Congressman Enrique Roberto ‘Henry’ Cuellar, 68, and his wife, Imelda Cuellar, 67, both of Laredo, Texas, with participating in two schemes involving bribery, unlawful foreign influence, and money laundering. Congressman Cuellar and Imelda Cuellar made their initial court appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dena Palermo in Houston,” the DOJ wrote in the statement.

According to the DOJ, Cuellar and his wife allegedly accepted approximately $600,000 in bribes from two foreign entities from December 2014 to November 2021. The alleged bribes were laundered through a series of front companies and middlemen into shell companies owned by Imelda Cuellar. The lawmaker’s wife did not perform any legitimate work for the payments.

The two entities involved in the payments were an oil and gas company owned and controlled by the Government of Azerbaijan and a bank headquartered in Mexico City. Cuellar agreed to use his influence in Congress to influence U.S. foreign policy in favor of Azerbaijan. The lawmaker also allegedly agreed to influence legislative activity and pressure high-ranking U.S. Executive Branch officials to make moves in favor of the Mexican bank.

The Democrat lawmaker and his wife each face two counts of conspiracy to commit bribery of a federal official and to have a public official act as an agent of a foreign principal, two counts of bribery of a federal official, two counts of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, two counts of violating the ban on public officials acting as agents of a foreign principal, one count of conspiracy to commit concealment money laundering and five counts of money laundering.

If found guilty, Cuellar and his wife will spend more than 100 years in Prison.

The Democrat lawmaker, however, denied the allegation in a Friday statement, maintaining that he and his wife are innocent.

“I want to be clear that both my wife and I are innocent of these allegations,” Cuellar said. “Before I took any action, I proactively sought legal advice from the House Ethics Committee, who gave me more than one written opinion, along with an additional opinion from a national law firm.”