“I felt threatened”: witness claims that Luis Irizarry Pabon ordered money to be collected from municipal officials to pay the loan

“I felt threatened”: witness claims that Luis Irizarry Pabon ordered money to be collected from municipal officials to pay the loan

Ponce Oscar Nazarioformer director of Infrastructure, Environment and Transportation of the Municipality of Poncedeclared this Friday that the suspended mayor Luis Irizarry Pabon He gave him the booklet of a personal loan that he had taken out so that, supposedly, he could ask the heads of the city council departments for money to pay his bank debt starting in March 2021.

“He opens the drawer, takes out a notebook, puts it on the desk and tells me: ‘This is the loan book. I can’t pay this loan. I have problems in my house because of him (loan). Talk to Jorge Mercado (former director of Emergency Management in Ponce) so that he can also get involved and ask the directors (of the municipal agencies) for money.’”detailed Nazario, who was also a driver for Irizarry Pabon, in his electoral campaign between 2019 and 2020.

Who gave you those instructions?“asked the special prosecutor. Iliana Agudo Calderon. “Luis Irizarry Pabon”, responded the witness, who has immunity.

The Office of the Panel on the Special Independent Prosecutor (Opfei) filed charges against Irizarry Pabon for, allegedly requesting money from his employees to pay a $50,000 personal loan. The politician faces four complaints for violations of articles 4.2 of the Government Ethics Lawand 251, of Penal Codefor alleged unjustified enrichment.

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