Puerto Rican Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila has been charged with 19 counts in a long-running campaign finance probe.
The indictment also charged 12 others associated with Acevedo’s Popular Democratic Party stemming from a grand jury investigation that began more than two years ago, acting U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez told reporters Thursday.
The 13 charged in the indictment are accused of running a conspiracy to illegally raise money to pay off Acevedo’s campaign debts in 2000. At the time, Acevedo was running to be the U.S. island territory’s nonvoting member of Congress.
The charges against the governor, who is running for re-election this year, include conspiracy to violate U.S. federal campaign laws and conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.