Puerto Rican Governor Faces 19 Counts
SAN JUAN (AP) — Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila was charged Thursday with 19 counts in a campaign finance probe, including conspiracy to violate U.S. federal campaign laws and giving false testimony to the FBI.
The indictment also charged 12 others associated with Acevedo's Popular Democratic Party as a result of a two-year grand jury investigation, acting U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez said.
The 13 are accused of conspiring to illegally raise money to pay off Acevedo's campaign debts from his 2000 campaign to be the U.S. island territory's nonvoting member of Congress.
Acevedo, now running for re-election as governor, will not be arrested, Rodriguez said.
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NOTE: According to a statement delivered to the press, Acevedo Vila said these charges are politically motivated and that he will fight them. Judging from his statement, it doesn't seem that the governor plans to resign.
For up-to-date coverage throughout the day, go to www.wapa.tv. The governor is expected to deliver a televised speech to the Puerto Rican people later on today. The governor plans to turn in to federal authorities tomorrow.