Felix “El Cano” Delgado Today, Tuesday, he resigned from his post as mayor of Cattaneo, sources confirmed new day.
A source in the ruling party said, that a federal investigation is underway for him, hastened his departure from the post of mayor. The investigation, which began more than a year ago, is already at the stage of a federal grand jury determining the possible cause of the crimes. The source added that the evidence presented revolved around alleged illegal donations in exchange for favoring a city council contractor.
El Nuevo Día has learned that Delgado is not the only mayor listed as the subject of a federal grand jury investigation, as part of an alleged illegal profit scheme with the same contractor.
Yesterday, around 4 pm, the Cattaneo Municipal Council received the call for an extraordinary session today at 6 pm, and the Municipal Council members Bezida Bauza and Aramis Fernandez, of the opposition People’s Democratic Party and the Victoria Ciudadana movement, confirmed, respectively. .
The subject of the call will be the appointment of Mr. Gabriel Sicardó Ocasio as Vice Mayor, a move that surprised the members of the Assembly, given that the position was filled by Honoris Machado.
In addition, Sicardó Ocasio was recently appointed Director of Public Affairs on October 21, the two association members reported, separately.
“It surprises us that a month after this appointment they appointed him deputy mayor. He is the one who has been defending the mayor in all the controversies that have arisen”Boza commented.
Sicardó Ocasio gave statements to the press when auditors from the Comptroller’s Office occupied computers in the administration area and when it was publicly revealed that he had bought a luxury car for $4,500 a month. On both occasions, he downplayed the public controversies and reiterated that they were common transactions.
new day He contacted Sicardó Ocasio about his appointment, but the municipal employee indicated that he was not authorized to make a statement.
The head of the municipal legislature was not available for media attendance either. His secretary, Nelsa Martinez, confirmed that the extraordinary session would be closed to the public.
This afternoon, a policeman began guarding the entrance to the mayor’s house. Journalists were waiting outside the building to get some feedback from the mayor or spokesperson.
Delgado had his last social media interactions at 8:51 a.m. and 11:49 a.m., when he tweeted to promote a Christmas celebration on his city driveway and free job training.
His departure comes after several controversies and allegations related to luxury expenses and money management in the municipality.
In September this year, forensic auditors from Office of the Comptroller of Puerto Rico (OCPR) raided the offices of the Mayor of Cattaneo as part of an investigation into alleged irregularities in the disbursement of funds under the Delgado administration, the comptroller, Jasmine Valdivieso confirmed.
During this intervention, they operated two computers in the administration office. At that time, Delgado Underestimate the review.
In an interview with this outlet after Delgado’s resignation, Valdivieso declared that the September raid “has nothing to do with the mayor. It was because of other transactions that were taking place where the mayor, as far as we have evidence, was not involved in anything.”
If he quit today, it’s because he knows something we don’t. Mayors are always our priority and we keep an eye on what they do. The bus order caused a stir, but I don’t see that as a reason to quit. There must be something else,” Valdivieso added.
The observer indicated that this investigation is still in progress.
Also in September, El Nuevo Día’s Investigation and Data Unit reported that the mayor had failed to report an active family business for 10 months to the Government’s Office of Ethics (OEG).
According to the documents reviewed, the first lady of KatanoD., Roxanna Sifre Maldonado, kept intimate La Terraza de Toñín I active for 10 months without reporting to OEG in her husband’s 2020 financial report. The company did not report any activity in the report it submitted to county administration Corresponding to 2020, but the Government Ethics Code requires public officials to inform the agency of the entities with which they have a relationship.
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Meanwhile, in July, after criticizing him, Delgado canceled a contract for the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, which Rented at a rate of 4500 dollars per month.
“I had no intention of causing a reduction in the treasury in the municipality. I must say that although the decision was not the most correct, the recruitment process carried out by the municipal staff was the most corrective. My commitment to towards people is that situations like this will never happen again.”
Delgado first ran as the New Progressive Party (PNP) candidate for mayor of Cattaneo in 2012, but was defeated by former mayor Jose Rosario in an election decided by 37 votes.
In 2016, Delgado returned to search for the municipal seat and secured it by defeating Rosario by more than 4,000 votes. In the 2020 general election, he consolidated his electoral power after winning by more than 5,900 votes over PDP candidate, Norberto “Nenni” Torres.
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