Puerto Rico’s mayor pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and take kickbacks

prominent mayor in Puerto Rico On Thursday, federal officials said that those accused of awarding 50 contracts worth nearly $10 million to an asphalt company pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and taking kickbacks.

Felix Delgado, who served as mayor of the northern coastal town of Catania, resigned on Tuesday and is due to be sentenced in March 2022 as part of a deal with the authorities. He faces up to five years in prison.

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Felix Delgado served as mayor of the northern coastal town of Catania.

Felix Delgado served as mayor of the northern coastal town of Catania.
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US Attorney Stephen Muldrow said officials confiscated five luxury watches and more than $100,000 in cash as part of the case.

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“The scheme … was not very complicated,” he said, adding that the former mayor met the company’s owner at several places in Cattaneo to receive the hours and money in a scheme that runs from 2017 to 2021.

On Wednesday, a federal grand jury indicted the company’s owner on three counts, including bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery and bribery, Muldro said. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

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