Thursday, March 27, 2008

Governor of Puerto Rico Indicted

Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, Governor of Puerto Rico, along with 12 other individuals, were indicted.  The charges pertain to campaign financing. (see here)  Carrie Johnson and Matthew Mosk at the Washington Post report on the corruption charges brought against the governor and it appears to be "conspiracy, fraud, false-statements and tax charges." (see here).  But many (commenter's on Huffington Post here) seemed to be more concerned about his endorsement of Senator Obama as a super-delegate.

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DOJ Press Release states in part:

"According to the indictment, the defendants conspired to defraud the United States and violate various Federal Election Campaign Act provisions by having Puerto Rico businessmen make illegal and unreported contributions to pay off large and unreported debts stemming from Acevedo Vilá’s 1999-2000 and 2001-2002 campaigns for Resident Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Payments were made principally to the public relations and media company for the campaigns. The illegal actions continued into 2003, due to the significant debt accumulated by the campaigns, some of which was also concealed from the FEC and the public."

Addendum - Indictment - Download vilaindictment.pdf

(w/ a Stetson hat tip to Whitney Curtis)

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