Leroy N. Soetoro
2019-11-18 23:22:57 UTC
A Puerto Rico senator awaiting trial on fraud charges was taken into
custody Wednesday morning by federal authorities in connection with an
investigation into alleged corruption that also resulted in the arrests of
seven others, officials said.
Abel Nazario, a 49-year-old currently serving in the U.S. territory's 26th
Senate, was apprehended as part of the probe, an FBI spokesperson said,
but further information on the nature of the charges was not immediately
revealed. Information was not immediately available about the seven others
who were arrested Wednesday in connection with the probe.
Following Nazario's arrest, Puerto Rico's Senate President, Thomas Rivera
Shatz, asked for Nazario's resignation. A spokesperson for Nazario told
the Associated Press the senator maintains his innocence.
Nazario was previously arrested by federal authorities in September 2018
on charges of wire fraud and falsifying documents, according to the U.S.
Attorney's Office for the District of Puerto Rico. He was accused of
defrauding his employees while serving as the mayor of Yauco, a
southwestern town in Puerto Rico, where he was an elected official from
2000 until December 2016.
Prosecutors allege that, while he was mayor, municipal employees were
required "to work two voluntary hours per day" which the U.S. Department
of Labor determined was a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Nazario agreed to pay nearly $590,000 in back wages to 177 employees.
Authorities, however, said they later learned the city of Yauco was
withholding employees wages, despite Nazarios pledge that he would not
retaliate against workers.
Nazario benefited from the money withheld from employees, investigators
said. Then-Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló who resigned in August amid
protests asked for Nazario's resignation, but he refused to step down.
Nazario is awaiting trial in that case.
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