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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

The case against Wanda Vazquez referred to the presiding judge of the Federal Court in San Juan

Case against former governor Wanda Vazquez GarcedoVenezuelan bankers Julio Herrera Velutini and former FBI agent Mark Rossini was assigned to the presiding judge of the Federal District Court in San Juan, Raul Arias Marxuach,

The assignment occurred after two judges recused themselves from the case, in a process that is not uncommon in federal court.

According to the electronic file, the court system originally assigned the case to Judge Aida Delgado Colón this Wednesday.

The same day, Delgado Colón issued an injunction stating that she “disqualifies herself from this matter and from all proceedings within it.”

Subsequently, the secretary of the court stated in the file that the case was “reassigned at random” to Judge Francisco Besosa. However, yesterday, on Thursday, Besosa also issued an order “withdrawing himself from presiding over the matter.”

Delgado Colón and Besosa did not specify the reasons for their decision to separate.

On Thursday, the Secretariat reported that Judge Arias Markusch “has been randomly reassigned within the case assignment system”.

The former governor faces three of seven criminal charges for conspiracy, bribery and fraud, contained in a statement released by a federal grand jury that also charged Bancredito owner Julio Herrera Velutini; and financial advisor Mark Rossini, who was also an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The charges allege that the trio, along with two others, allegedly fired money from the office of the then-official firing George Richard Joyner Kelly, the office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions of Puerto Rico (OCIF), to fund Vazquez’s gubernatorial campaign. conspired.

By then, an OCIF audit had found that Bancredito had failed to report suspicious activity and pointed to failures in establishing a program to detect money laundering activities.

As for the judge hearing the case, Arias Marxuch received a bachelor’s degree from Boston College in 1989, and a doctorate from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) School of Law in 1992. In 1994 he completed his master’s degree in law. University from Harvard, and then worked as an attorney at various law firms in Puerto Rico until 2019.

He was also an assistant professor at the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico’s School of Law in 2011, 2013 and 2016.

Arias Marxuach was sworn in as the presiding judge of the Federal Court for the District of Puerto Rico in October 2021, when Judge Gustavo Gelpi began his duty as a member of the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston.

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