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Puerto Rico’s mayor and chief financial officer face corruption charges

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A judge on Wednesday found sufficient evidence to order the arrest of the mayor and chief financial officer of one of Puerto Rico‘s largest cities charged in a multimillion-dollar corruption case.

José Guillermo Rodríguez, mayor of the western coastal town of Mayaguez, and its chief financial officer are accused of embezzlement of public funds and dereliction of duty. Authorities allege the two embezzled $9 million in public funds intended for…

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A judge on Wednesday found sufficient evidence to order the arrest of the mayor and chief financial officer of one of Puerto Rico‘s largest cities charged in a multimillion-dollar corruption case.

José Guillermo Rodríguez, mayor of the western coastal town of Mayaguez, and its chief financial officer are accused of embezzlement of public funds and dereliction of duty. Authorities allege the two embezzled $9 million in public funds intended for improvements to a local trauma center and instead used the money in high-risk investments.

Guillermo’s attorney, Harry Padilla, told reporters he did not believe there was any evidence to justify his client’s arrest.

Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi demanded that Guillermo resign immediately.

The mayor and chief financial officer are the latest in a string of government officials on US soil to face state and federal charges in a widespread crackdown on alleged corruption.

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