Puerto Rico Senator requests independent audit of his party’s finances
SAN JUAN – Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Senate Minority Leader Eduardo Bhatia said he will suggest his party’s Governing Board convene Wednesday evening to commission an independent audit of the PDP’s finances.
Bhatia explained that his proposal comes as a result of the arrest of Miguel Sosa, who was arrested Wednesday by federal authorities for an alleged corruption scheme in which former Sports Secretary Ramón Orta was also arrested.
The PDP senator said Sosa worked with the finances of David Bernier‘s gubernatorial campaign in the 2016 general election.
Early Wednesday, after learning of the arrests, PDP President Héctor Ferrer said he had expressed to Bernier his reservations about Sosa, who was in charge of “many” duties in the PDP under Bernier’s presidency.
“There must be, now more than ever, an independent and public audit of the Popular [Democratic] Party’s finances […] so party affiliates can trust the Popular Party once again,” Bhatia said.
The former Sports and Recreation secretary and six other officials were indicted for receiving kickbacks, fraud and money laundering in a $9.8 million conspiracy.