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Former Puerto Rico Official Gets New Trial in Corruption Scandal

April 8, 2021, 12:41 AM

The former administrator of Puerto Rico’s Workforce Development Administration convinced the First Circuit on Wednesday to vacate her convictions stemming from a public corruption scandal because she was improperly tried along with someone else.

Sally López Martínez was one of several people indicted in 2015 on charges that included honest services fraud, conspiracy to commit federal programs fraud, and bribery. The accusations stemmed from the awarding of government contracts, including some that went to Anaudi Hernández Pérez, a businessman with ties to then-Gov. Alejandro García Padilla. Hernández Pérez had helped López Martinez secure her job, the court said.

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