Puerto Rico mayor indicted for conversion of federal funds, fraud and money laundering

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July 5 2018

The mayor of Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico, Miguel Ortiz, has been indicted and arrested for his participation in a conspiracy to “steal federal funds involving fraudulently obtained contracts” from the island’s Education Department, U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez Vélez, of the District of Puerto Rico, announced Thursday.

In a separate, unrelated indictment, Víctor Cruz, former director of finance, and Ángel Santos-García, former interim director of finance of the municipality of Toa Baja were charged with theft, conversion, and misappropriation of funds from the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Health and Human Services (HHS).