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New corruption allegations hit Puerto Rico's government

New corruption allegations hit Puerto Rico's government

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A top Puerto Rico official says he has appeared before a federal grand jury investigating a former government adviser in the latest corruption allegation to hit the U.S. territory this week.

Deputy Chief of Staff Ricardo Llerandi said Tuesday that he answered questions and submitted documents related to a man who was a consultant for a company that oversaw the island's Health Insurance Administration. Llerandi declined further comment, except to say that the documents weren't related to his current position and he isn't being investigated.

The announcement comes after Gov. Ricardo Rosselló asked Puerto Rico's Treasury Secretary Raúl Maldonado to resign Monday following comments he made to radio station WKAQ. Maldonado said there was an "institutional mafia" in the treasury and that people tried to bribe him several times.

Updated : 2021-07-27 11:15 GMT+08:00