Puerto Rican Senator Abel Nazario Arrested by FBI in Corruption Probe

Puerto Rican Senator

Once again the history has repeated itself, Puerto Rican Senator Abel Nazario has been arrested by the FBI for corruption related investigation along with seven other people.

Nazario, who also served as the vice president of New Progressive Party and for the local Republican Party, has been serving as the Mayor of Yauco, which is a city located in southwestern Puerto Rico, from the last 16 years.

During his time as Mayor, Abel Nazario portrayed himself as an absent mayor. He used his public school student’s excellence reward program to constantly accompany the selected students, their families, and friends in their trips throughout the world, refraining from his duties.

Later, the Puerto Rican senator was arrested by the FBI for illegal appropriation of federal funds in September 2018. Accusations of defrauding his employees, allowing irregular payroll payment in the municipality, while serving as Mayor of Yauco and the vice president of the governor’s New Progressive Party defamed his image as a leader. His trial in the case is still in continuation.  

Though Nazario’s spokesman Edgardo Rosado stated that the Puerto Rican Senator was innocent, his second time arrest on Wednesday for corruption probe has brought his resignation calls from the Puerto Rican leaders and the Senate President, Thomas Rivera Schatz.  

Earlier, when a grand jury charged Abel Nazario with 39 federal charges related to the preparation of false documents and electronic fraud during his first arrest, the latter resigned to the caucus of the New Progressive Party (PNP) in that legislative body. With the support of Puerto Rico Senate President, Abel Nazario remained his seat in the upper house.

The present chaos appears like a crisis for the Puerto Rican Senator, who has now lost both the support of the Senate President and the general public. Will he ever be able to clear his name and re-emerge again as a strong leader?

Commenting on the arrest of the Puerto Rican Senator, FBI spokeswoman Lymaris Cruz stated, “Eight arrests were made today without incident. That’s all I can comment for now. Later Federal Prosecutor will publish a statement with the details.”

The jury trial against Abel Nazario for the 2018 indictment is scheduled for March 2, 2020 and is exposed to a prison sentence of up to 20 years if found guilty.

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