Special prosecutors assigned to Sen. María Teresa González
SAN JUAN – After evaluating the preliminary investigation report referred by the Justice Department, the Puerto Rico Office of the Special Independent Prosecutor’s Panel (PFEI by its Spanish initials) ordered Thursday to investigate possible criminal acts committed by Sen. María Teresa González and others.
The panel designated Ramón Mendoza Rosario as special independent prosecutor and Manuel Núñez Corrada as chief prosecutor to conduct an investigation into the alleged acts and present a final report.
According to the report presented by Justice Secretary César Miranda, he believes the panel should also evaluate possible criminal acts committed by convicted fundraiser Anaudi Hernández Pérez, Héctor Vargas Soto and the senator’s campaign treasurer, José Torres Mena.
The Justice secretary’s recommendations were based on testimonies offered by Hernández Pérez before the U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico, as part of a public corruption trial in which he was found guilty of 14 charges.
The report adds that based on preliminary information, there is sufficient cause to believe González could have committed the following crimes: taking illicit advantage of work or public services, money laundering, unjustified enrichment, false statements, and infringing on campaign finance regulations, among others.
Likewise, the Justice Department’s preliminary investigation indicates there is sufficient cause to believe that Hernández Pérez and Vargas Soto could have, in common ground with the senator, taken advantage of work or public services, among others. Meanwhile, Torres Mena allegedly may have also broken campaign finance laws.
The special independent prosecutors must present a final report within 90 days as of the resolution’s notification date.