Former Puerto Rican Mayor Pleads Guilty to Corruption Scheme

San Juan, Dec 2 (EFE) .- The former mayor of the Puerto Rican municipality of Cataño Félix Delgado pleaded guilty to participating in a corruption scheme for which he received cash payments in exchange for awarding contracts to a company within a plot by the that a contractor was arrested Thursday for allegedly paying bribes and kickbacks to the former official.

The United States Department of Justice reported in a statement that Delgado, 40, had resigned from his post as mayor last Tuesday in connection with these accusations.

According to court documents, Delgado got rich by taking bribes, including cash payments from a businessman, whose company benefited from receiving municipal contracts.

The statement indicates that Mario Villegas, 42, a resident of the municipality of Gurabo and owner of an asphalt and paving company, was accused of paying bribes to Delgado in exchange for valuable municipal contracts.

According to the indictment, starting in June 2017 or around that date, Villegas paid kickbacks and bribes in exchange for Delgado exercising his influence over the municipal officials of Cataño, which caused his company to receive more than 9.9 million euros. dollars in municipal contracts.

Delgado pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to solicit and accept bribes.

The former official is scheduled to be sentenced on March 8, 2022 in a case in which he faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison.

Judge Raúl Arias, of the US District Court for Puerto Rico, is responsible for this case.

Villegas, for his part, is charged with conspiracy to pay bribes, bribery and use of an interstate facility to aid organized crime.

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