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Puerto Rico Governor Acevedo a Crook?

Anibal Acevedo Vila indicted on 18 counts of corruption

I visited Puerto Rico a month ago for the first time last year and fell in love with it. I'll admit that parts of it are dirty and the crime rate a bit concerning, but that didn't matter as much to me as the liveliness and energy I discovered.

Puerto Rico News Puerto Rico News Too bad Anibal Acevedo Vila is offering Puerto Rico the kind of publicity no one wants.

45-year-old Acevedo, who is hoping for re-election, denied his involvement in the crimes and said the indictment was politically motivated - "a spectacle designed to do me harm." AP News reported at least 5 other "co-conspirators" were taken in handcuffs into the United States federal building in San Juan earlier today.

The indictment says Acevedo and his cohorts exceeded campaign fund-raising and spending limits in 2004. It also says he made substantial (big) donations to the campaign by disguising them as payments to the campaign's public relations and media company. The indictment also accuses Acevedo of using campaign funds for his own personal use without reporting them on his income tax returns.

But Acevedo maintains his innocence. Yes, we believe you Mr. Clinton....err Spitzer...err, you know what we mean. We trust you. Why would we doubt what a politician tells us?

If you want to wash this taste of Puerto Rico out, have a look at the sunny side of the island on GoGirlfriend:

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hi - i'm a mainland puerto rican that moved to the us a year ago, and believe me, this is extremely embarrassing for all of us. although in puerto rico there has always been gossip about politicians stealing, this is the 1st time someone gets indicted - and the governor on top of that! thanks for at least mentioning that you enjoyed our island, since it gives me at least a little hope that people can recognize that this is an embarassing event and that it does not represent the norm in puerto rico. and yes, he is an obama supporter - grrrr

i like puerto rico to. theres so much to do there and i've never had a problem with the crime rate. its too bad politicians like this give a place a bad name. i leave on a 1-week cruise next month from san juan and my husband and i are spending a few days on the beach afterwards before heading home. i can't wait!

I read somewhere that this guy is a super supporter of Obama too.

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