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Puerto Rico ex-mayor pleads guilty to bribery

October 24, 2014

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A former mayor in Puerto Rico has pleaded guilty to soliciting and accepting some $39,000 in cash bribes from a contractor.

Federal prosecutors accused Eduard Rivera Correa of receiving the bribes in 2010 from a man seeking to obtain three construction inspection contracts with the coastal municipality of Rio Grande. The man obtained $329,000 worth of contracts.

The 61-year-old Rivera was arrested in July.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Friday that he will be sentenced at a later date.

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