Corrupt Puerto Rican Education Minister Admits Guilt – Prensa Latina

In January 2020, the former official, accused of nine counts of participating, with a businessman, in a scheme of bribery and conspiracy to commit fraud, informed the Federal Court that it had reached an agreement with the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, and no details were provided about it. . To plead guilt for the crimes committed against him.

Represented by attorneys Maria Dominguez, Javier Michio Marcial, and Carlos J. Andrew Collazo, the US-based defendant informed the defendant that she would give up her physical presence at the hearing when her conviction was changed, but that it would be available through a videoconference.

“Accordingly, the defendant respectfully requests the court to place its case in order to change the announcement hearing,” stated the document, with Keeler initially pleading “not guilty”.

In the indictment against him, issued by a federal grand jury, Keeler is charged with conspiring with Ariel Gutierrez, on fraud charges to deny someone the right to receive services honestly, six on charges of electronic fraud, one for bribery and the ninth for paying a bribe.

The FBI detailed a scheme in which Keleher would transfer to Gutiérrez, owner of the Trillion Realty Group, 1,134 square feet of Padre Rufo School, in Santurce’s capital sector, in exchange for “ financial benefits related to this. ” To rent and buy an apartment in Ciudadela complex.

If convicted of the crimes, Keeler faces up to 10 years in prison for conspiracy and bribery and another 20 years for cyber fraud.

Keeler was indicted in July 2019 by a federal grand jury – along with five other people – on 32 counts of fraud, conspiracy, money laundering and conspiracy to launder money for just over € 15 million.

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