Consultant for Texas Ag Commissioner Sid Miller indicted

One of the state’s most influential lobbyists and a top political consultant to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has been indicted after investigators said he stole money from possible investors in the state’s hemp industry

A Travis County grand jury indicted Todd M. Smith on charges of theft and commercial bribery. The case was presented by the Travis County district attorney’s conviction integrity and special prosecutions unit, which handles complaints involving political actors, financial crimes, environmental crimes and wage theft.

Smith was originally arrested only on the felony theft charge, but now he also faces the bribery charge, a state jail felony.

“We are holding accountable powerful actors who abuse the system and break the law,” District Attorney José Garza said. “Our community needs to know that no one is above the law.”