FBI arrests Puerto Rico mayor accused of bribery
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — FBI agents have arrested a mayor in Puerto Rico on charges of bribery, extortion and obstruction of justice.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday Eduard Rivera Correa accepted more than $39,000 in kickbacks from a contractor. He also allegedly extorted $4,000 from the contractor in exchange for providing ongoing municipal business.
Rivera has been mayor of Rio Grande for nearly a decade. He previously worked for 26 years in Puerto Rico’s comptroller office in positions including audit supervisor.
Also charged in the case is attorney Alejandro Carrasco. He allegedly received more than $183,000 in kickbacks while representing Rio Grande and two other municipalities.
Neither man could be reached for comment. A municipal attorney for Rio Grande said its secretary, Rafael Ramos Matos, would serve as interim mayor.