FBI agents arrested Puerto Rico Senator Abel Nazario and seven other people early Wednesday as part of an investigation into corruption in the U.S. territory.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the suspects include former municipal employees who were indicted on one count of alleged theft or bribery involving programs that receive federal funds.
Some suspects are accused of using more than $5,000 worth of municipal funds to in part pay other suspects to work on Nazario’s senatorial campaign.
Authorities said some suspects also helped the campaigns of other politicians whose support was sought by Nazario when he was mayor of the southwest town of Yauco.
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