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Puerto Rican Lawmaker Arrested After Reelection on Corruption Charges

US attorney for the District of Puerto Rico Stephen Muldrow announced on Friday that Puerto Rico lawmaker Nestor Alonso was arrested on corruption charges, just a couple of days after winning reelection.

US attorney for the District of Puerto Rico Stephen Muldrow announced on Friday that Puerto Rico lawmaker Nestor Alonso was arrested on corruption charges, just a couple of days after winning reelection.

During a press conference in San Juan, Muldrow told local reporters the 35-year-old local legislator is currently facing nine charges, including theft of federal money, honest services fraud, and receiving kickbacks.

Alonso, who is known for being a member of the US commonwealth’s incumbent New Progressive Party, is the third Puerto Rican legislator this year to face allegations of inflating an employee’s salary in exchange for kickbacks.

According to Muldrow, starting in 2018, Alonso required an unnamed employee to return a portion of their salary. In total, officials said the Puerto Rican lawmaker pocketed at least $40,000.

Alonso has been a local legislator since the year 2016, becoming the first blind person to ever hold the job. He was also the head of the body’s tourism committee.

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