‘Women are crying for justice,’ says Puerto Rico mayor after federal corruption case

Carmen Yulín Cruz, mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico and head of the leftist New Progressive Party (PNP), pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiracy to commit bribery and received kickbacks. According to the New…

‘Women are crying for justice,’ says Puerto Rico mayor after federal corruption case

Carmen Yulín Cruz, mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico and head of the leftist New Progressive Party (PNP), pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiracy to commit bribery and received kickbacks.

According to the New York Post, in her plea hearing, she admitted she accepted an automobile from an undercover FBI agent in 2016.

She was present in an FBI headquarters in Manhattan along with a series of Puerto Rico politicians when an undercover FBI agent gave her the car.

The panel then conferred at a meeting in May 2016 about what some were calling “the mayor’s car” and heard testimony about Cruz accepting an additional $10,000 bribe for the car from another FBI informant three months later.

Cruz also admitted accepting car service and hand-delivered payments from the same informant in between late 2016 and 2017.

She said after the hearings that she was “paying for something that I never asked for.”

It was first reported that Maria Rosselló, president of the Puerto Rico Senate, had come under investigation. According to the New York Post, she has since been cleared.

Cruz helped lead the Puerto Rico government’s fight to unseat a Puerto Rico Supreme Court justice, Henry Castillo, after Castillo ruled Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy case would have to be heard in federal court instead of state court.

However, his term expired in February, and he was replaced by a political ally.

Cruz rejected accusations that she accepted money for the car. She said she had used the federal government for some political figures and for others.

“To whom much is given, much is expected,” she said.

Cruz joined PNP in 2003. She has served in the San Juan mayor’s office since 2010. Before that, she was a social worker and legislator.

In 2016, the FBI opened an investigation into Cruz over allegations she agreed to participate in a scheme to bribe officials in local government.

FBI agents in March also arrested former Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla in connection with the same investigation.

Garcia Padilla’s lawyers called the allegations “absurd” and “fictitious” in a statement given to Fox News Latino.

One Puerto Rico legislator, Edwin Velasquez, said the people feel betrayed after Cruz decided to cooperate with the federal government.

“Our people are wondering and crying for justice,” he said.

“There is not any corruption in the PNP, but if you have someone who has not committed a crime that then was committed by others, then a political apology is not enough,” Velasquez added.

Fox News Latino.

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