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Former Puerto Rico mayor filmed in corruption case faces 5 years in prison

San Juan, Puerto Rico — A former Puerto Rico mayor caught on camera in a high-profile corruption case was sentenced Monday to more than five years in prison as part of the ongoing federal crackdown on government corruption in the U.S. territory.

Ángel Pérez Otero, a former deputy who also served as president of the island’s Federation of Mayors and mayor of Guaynabo from 2017 to 2021, was convicted of conspiracy, corruption and extortion in March.

He had been accused of awarding contracts and expediting invoice payments in exchange for thousands of dollars in cash in a scheme that federal authorities say ran from late 2019 to May 2021.

Pérez’s lawyers said they plan to appeal.

Pérez is one of several former mayors who have been convicted in federal corruption cases in recent years, including in the cities of Rincon, Guayama, Humacao, Aguas Buenas and Trujillo Alto.


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