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Ex-HUD Chief Cisneros: I’m Innocent

January 8, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Former Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros pleaded innocent today to charges he lied to conceal payments to his former mistress while under consideration to be in President Clinton’s Cabinet.

Cisneros appeared at the federal-court arraignment along with his former mistress, Linda Jones, who is also charged with participating in the conspiracy to obstruct the FBI background investigation conducted in late 1992 and early 1993 while Clinton was preparing to take office.

Cisneros is accused of concealing that he paid Ms. Jones more than $250,00 to maintain her public silence about their affair. Most of the money was paid before Cisneros became head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. But the indictment charges he paid Ms. Jones nearly $80,000 his first year in office.

Two former employees of Cisneros, John Rosales and Sylva Arce-Garcia, also pleaded innocent to the charges they participated in the conspiracy to conceal their boss’ payments to Jones.

Both had worked at Cisneros’ San Antonio communications company and followed him to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

U.S. District Judge Stanley Sporkin set an Nov. 2 trial date.

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