29 Puerto Rico officials accused in fraud case

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Associated Press

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 11 at 10:37 AM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Twenty-nine public officials in Puerto Rico are being charged with electoral fraud in a scheme authorities say was aimed at boosting the number of votes for a local representative.

Puerto Rico's justice secretary says that among those charged are several police officers, including a coronel. Charges also face an assistant to a high-ranking legislator and the special assistant to the mayor of the northern city of Guaynabo, where the scheme allegedly occurred.

Luis Sanchez Betances says the suspects are accused of lying about having moved to Guaynabo so they could vote in a primary election last year.

He said Thursday that the investigation is ongoing and more charges will be filed.

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