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Ex-Puerto Rico Officials Charged in Corruption Probe

  • Two former officials, four others indicted, Justice Dept. says
  • Charges add to turmoil surrounding governor’s administration
Julia Keleher
Julia KeleherPhotographer: Ramon "Tonito" Zayas/GFR Media/AP Photo

Two former Puerto Rico officials, along with the head of an accounting firm and three others, were indicted over allegations of theft, money laundering and wire fraud, escalating federal investigations that have been swirling around the bankrupt U.S. territory.

Julia Keleher, who served as the commonwealth’s secretary of education from January 2017 until April, and Angela Avila-Marrero, the head of the commonwealth’s health insurance administration until last month, were among those charged, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday. Fernando Scherrer-Caillet, managing partner of the BDO Puerto Rico accounting firm, and two others were also indicted.