Two former Puerto Rico officials, along with the head of an accounting firm and three others, were indicted over allegations of theft, money laundering and wire fraud, escalating federal investigations that have been swirling around the bankrupt U.S. territory.
Julia Keleher, who served as the commonwealth’s secretary of education from January 2017 until April, and Angela Avila-Marrero, the head of the commonwealth’s health insurance administration until last month, were among those charged, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday. Fernando Scherrer-Caillet, managing partner of the BDO Puerto Rico accounting firm, and two others were also indicted.
The “defendants engaged in a public corruption conspiracy and benefited at the expense of the Puerto Rican public and students” said Neil E. Sanchez, special agent in charge of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General’s Southern Regional Office, at a press conference in San Juan on Wednesday morning.
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