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Senator arrested on fraud charges

October 03, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The FBI arrested a prominent lawmaker accused of providing political favors in exchange for cash and services totaling roughly half a million dollars, U.S. officials said.

Sen. Jorge de Castro Font was indicted by a federal grand jury on 31 criminal counts including bribery, wire fraud and money laundering, U.S. Atty. Rosa Emilia Rodriguez Velez said.

De Castro was arrested at his lawyer's office in San Juan, the capital, FBI spokesman Harry Rodriguez said.

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