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    SEC Refers 16 Legislators To Justice For Possible Violations To The Electoral Law

    July 30, 2002
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    (AP) – The State Elections Commission (SEC) referred to the Justice Department on Tuesday the cases of 16 legislators, who may have violated the Electoral law.

    Gov. Sila Calderon immediately said the SEC findings are not about corruption, but are an interpretation by SEC President Aurelio Gracia Morales.

    Gracia Morales also said the SEC examined the cases of 19 legislators from all political parties and did not find cause for referral in three of them. The three legislators were identified as Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) Sen. Fernando Martin, PIP Rep. Victor Garcia San Inocencio, as well as New Progressive Party (NPP) Sen. Miriam Ramirez de Ferrer.

    Among the possible violations of the law found were the filing of false reports and raising of funds greater than the amount permitted by law, said Gracia Morales.

    Among the cases referred to the Justice Department for their pertinent action are those of Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Sens. Jose Dalmau, Roberto Prats, Roberto Vigoreaux, Cirilo Tirado, and Maribel Rodriguez.

    From the NPP Sens. Lucy Arce, Kenneth McClintock and Orlando Parga were referred to the Justice Department, as were the cases PDP Reps. Ferdinand Perez and Alida Arizmendi, NPP Rep. Angel Cintron, and today’s independent Rep. Jorge de Castro Font.

    In the cases of NPP, Rep. Melinda Romero and of PDP Sen. Cirilo Tirado, the SEC president said the SEC resolved to perform a complete audit of their reports.

    Former PDP legislator Maribel Rodriguez, refused to cooperate with the audit, forcing the SEC to ask the House Ethics Committee to present the testimonies and the evidence gathered in their investigation, including Rodriguez’s son’s statements that he received from La Fortaleza administrator Fulgencio Correa $10,000 that was not reported adequately before the committee.