Federal officials said a Puerto Rican mayor accused of awarding 50 contracts worth nearly $ 10 million to an asphalt company has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe wine and receive bribes
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A prominent Puerto Rican mayor accused of awarding 50 contracts worth nearly $ 10 million to an asphalt company has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe -wine and receive bribes, federal officials said Thursday.
Félix Delgado, who served as mayor of the northern coastal town of Cataño, resigned on Tuesday and is expected to be sentenced in March 2022 as part of a deal with the authorities. He faces up to five years in prison.
US Attorney Stephen Muldrow said authorities confiscated five luxury watches and more than $ 100,000 in cash in connection with the case.
“The program … was not very complicated,” he said, adding that the former mayor had met the owner of the business at several locations in Cataño to receive the watches and the money in the. part of a program that ran from 2017 to 2021.
Muldrow said Wednesday that a federal grand jury indicted the business owner with three counts, including bribery and conspiracy to commit bribes and bribes. He faces up to 20 years in prison.