NPP elections commissioner resigns after FBI raids Toa Baja gov’t building
SAN JUAN – New Progressive Party elections Commissioner Aníbal Vega Borges has resigned following an FBI raid Tuesday morning in Toa Baja, where he was mayor for 11 years.
“I hereby inform you of my decision to immediately relinquish my position as Elections Commissioner of the New Progressive Party. During the year, I had the honor of leading the processes of our electoral team to ensure a victory for our party in the past elections.
“I have performed my public service duties with the highest degree of integrity and respect for the law at all times, so I will not allow public attention to be diverted, in this critical moment of government transition, with matters beyond my control,” Vega Borges said in his resignation letter.
Despite the raid conducted in the Toa Baja Government Center Tuesday morning by the white collar crime division of the federal prosecutor’s office, the former mayor insisted during the day he wasn’t responsible for any illegal acts.
Vega Borges resigned from his post as mayor after losing in the June primaries to his opponent, Bernardo “Betito” Márquez, who will be the town’s next mayor. He was then appointed by Gov.-elect Ricardo Rosselló to serve as the party’s elections commissioner.
The Toa Baja municipality is closed because the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) froze its accounts for a multimillion-dollar debt with Social Security, so it has no money to pay its employees.
In fact, 19 employees of the municipality presented Tuesday morning a lawsuit against Vega Borges for allegedly violating their constitutional rights because the former mayor withheld their contributions to Social Security and retirement, but didn’t remit them to the respective agencies.
“Today afternoon, I met with NPP Elections Commissioner Aníbal Vega Borges and he expressed interest in resigning his position of trust, which was accepted so as to focus on our efforts. We are amid a serious fiscal scenario, which is our priority, and we are not going to lose our focus.
“Vega Borges will be replaced by Norma Burgos, who will immediately continue the work in the State Elections Commission representing the NPP,” a statement issued Tuesday evening by Rosselló reads.