Governor Pedro Pierluisic TODAY denied that he was aware at any time that his friend and former collector, federal convict Joseph Fuentes Fernandez, was cooperating with the US government. investigation that resulted in the arrest of the former governor Wanda Vazquez Garcedo and allegations against several close aides of his 2020 political campaign.
,At least, as the federal prosecutor said (Stephen Muldrow) Over and over again, I have nothing to do with it. I had no idea about that secret investigation,” the president said in a television interview.
Fuentes Fernández was indicted last May in connection with a plan he devised to finance the Super Political Action Committee (Super PAC). Let’s Save Puerto Ricoa unit that during the primary competition new progressive party (PNP) promoted a campaign against then-governor Vázquez Garsed and in favor of Pierluci.
From the indictment that the federal prosecutor presented yesterday against Vazquez Garsed, and the charges for which John Blackman, one of the former governor’s political aides, pleaded guilty, it appears that Fuentes Fernández, as a representative of the campaign, has served as a representative of the authorities. collaborated with. Pearlucci.
In particular, Fuentes Fernández would have proposed a Venezuelan banker. Julius Martin the blacksmith Velutini Pierlussi’s governor to help finance the campaign in exchange for being favored through official negotiations.
“I saw him (Muldrow) all the time denying that I had anything to do with it. I didn’t know this investigation was going on. Nor was he aware that Mr Fuentes was cooperating with federal authorities in the case against Mr Herrera. I didn’t have that detail at the time and I really know what you know,” said Pierlucci.
Pierlucci, who has admitted that he had a friendly relationship with Fuentes Fernández, and even received him on several occasions. mightAt the time of his guilty plea on May 5, assured that he never spoke to the accountant about this Bancredito International Bank & TrustHerrera Velutini’s financial institution that operates out of San Juan and which was the subject of investigation since 2019. Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions (OCIF).
“The indictment (of Vázquez Garcád) says about Mr. Fuentes Fernández, that everything he did was done on the instructions of the federal authorities and in my case, again, I had nothing to do with it, and neither Only when that investigation was taken in place, I had the details of that investigation and I never had any contact with Fuentes Fernández on the matter, but also with the federal authorities,” said the chief executive officer. Under the administration, the emphasis is on Bancredito’s “supervision”. continued, to the point where the financial entity is in the process of dissolution as ordered by OCIF.
Vázquez Garced defends the escort service
Meanwhile, Pierlucci said he understands the annoyance with the police escort service, which will continue to receive Vázquez Garçond as former governor while his judicial process is broadcast. However, he insisted that under the current rule of law, his administration has no other option but to continue offering the service.
“Given that the city’s resources are being used, for example, for transportation or to take someone to court where they are being charged by federal authorities for corruption, this would give someone There should be a blow too. But I agree that the law helps you, gives you that right. It is an acquired right. And that’s why I also understand the Secretary of Public Security (Alexis Torres) when he says he’s going to keep at it until we have a result.”, he emphasized.
Federal charges against Vázquez Garcid related to the funding of his political campaign include conspiracy, bribery and wire fraud, and if convicted, could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.