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Brenda Velázquez-Corchado, Found Guilty of Conspiracy to Commit Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds. San Juan, PR., April 19, 2013

Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2013-04-19.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.

OIG Investigative Reports, San Juan, PR., April 19,  2013 - Brenda Vel�zquez-Corchado, Found Guilty of Conspiracy to Commit Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds
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Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez
United States Attorney
District of Puerto Rico
Torre Chardón, Suite 1201     (787) 766-5656
350 Carlos Chardón Street
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918
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April 19, 2013
Contact:     U.S. Attorney's Office
Lymarie V. Llovet-Ayala
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(787) 766-5656
Brenda Velázquez-Corchado, Found Guilty of Conspiracy to Commit Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds
SAN JUAN, PR – Today, Brenda Velázquez-Corchado, a former procurement official with the PR Department of Education was found of conspiracy to commit a violation of Title 18 USC Section 666(a)(1)(B), Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal funds, announced United States Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. United States District Court Senior Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez presided the trial. The sentencing hearing was scheduled for July 19, 2013 at 10:00 am.
Defendant Velázquez-Corchado was the sole defendant remaining of a 13 person indictment filed against various Puerto Rico Department of Education (PR DOE) officials, which included the Chief Procurement Officer of the PR DOE Luis Conde-Rosa, and various company officials doing business with the PR DOE. The jury found that between January 2008 through February 2010, the defendant conspired with others to corruptly solicit, demand, give and accept things of value, goods and cash, intending to be influenced and rewarded in connection with a transaction and a series of transactions. The evidence presented at trial show that approximately $2,900,000.00 dollars in contracts were awarded to companies where the defendant received over $25,000 in bribes, which included cash and goods.
The defendant is facing a possible maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
"These individuals defrauded education programs, with the assistance of public employees who abused their positions for personal gain," said United States Attorney, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. "We will continue to investigate and prosecute those who engage in corrupt acts which directly affect federal programs and the availability of these funds for its intended recipients," stated Rodríguez-Vélez.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney's Julia Díaz-Rex and Héctor Ramírez. The investigation was led by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Inspector General (DOE-OIG), with the collaboration of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Comptroller's Office in Puerto Rico.
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