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Attorney for Puerto Rico Towns Convicted of Bribery

By on December 12, 2019

The U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico (Screen capture of www.fbi.gov)

SAN JUAN — A former attorney for three municipalities in Puerto Rico was convicted of bribery Wednesday.

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Special Agent in Charge Douglas A. Leff of the FBI’s San Juan Field Office made the announcement.

Alejandro Carrasco, 63, of San Juan was convicted of four counts of bribery with respect to programs receiving federal funds, according to a Justice Department release.  A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for March 12.

According to the indictment and evidence introduced at trial, at various times between July 2009 and June 2012, Carrasco was an attorney providing legal services to Barceloneta, Rio Grande and Juncos.

“During that time, he accepted bribes, disguised as legal fees, from a contractor in exchange for assisting the contractor in obtaining contracts with the three municipalities.  The evidence introduced at trial revealed that, in total, Carrasco was paid approximately $180,000 in bribes in exchange for helping the contractor obtain more than approximately $2.3 million in municipal contracts,” reads Justice’s release.

The FBI’s San Juan Field Office investigated the case. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico indicted the case. Trial attorneys James I. Pearce and Nicole R. Lockhart of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section (PIN) prosecuted the case. PIN Trial Attorney Amanda Vaughn and former PIN Trial Attorney Charles R. Walsh assisted in the prosecution.

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