Julia Keeler and the other defendants are seeking corruption charges to be dropped
Former Minister of Education Julia Keeler Some of the defendants in the corruption case called on the federal court to dismiss him Charges against him.
Through separate requests, a request for dismissal is made by Keleher, former advisor to La Fortaleza Alberto Velázquez Piñol, former president of BDO Puerto Rico Fernando Scherrer and owner of Intelligent Gran Solutions (IGS), Aníbal Jover Pagés.
Attorney Maria Dominguez, Keeler’s attorney, said the revised accusation statement sparks seven different conspiracies.
Of this total, counsel indicated that Kelleher is charged only in the first three schemes. Dominguez stated that, regarding these three plots, “Mrs. Kelleher committed none of the alleged crimes.”
He added, “In fact, charges 1 to 11, 12 to 15 and 16 to 23 do not prove a crime,” noting that “they did not claim that any victim was deprived or an attempt was made to deprive any money or tangible property.” .
“Instead, the vast majority of allegations revolve around a flawed theory of honest fraud services disguised as financial or proprietary fraud,” he noted.
“As was the case with the original indictment in this matter, the amended statement’s efforts to cover these deficient allegations of honest fraud services such as fraud in traditional money and property have failed from a legal standpoint,” he said.
Regarding the allegations against Kelleher, there are two other defendants – sisters Mayra and Glenda Pons Mendoza – They admitted their guilt In May last year.
For his part, Scherer’s suggestion in his application indicates that his role in the indictment “can be summed up in one sentence: he was allegedly president of BDO when it is alleged that the breach (of the law) took place helped government contracts on behalf of BDO as its representative in hiring and appointing a contractor (Alberto Velázquez). Piñol) and exchanging my email with this contractor do not reflect any unlawful intent or behavior. “
He states, “That’s it, there is not a single allegation that he personally did something illegal, agreed to do something illegal, or personally knew something wrong that others did.”
He continued, “He is only accused of ordinary and legal daily acts. He had no reason to believe that they were illegal.”
Meanwhile, among the proposals of Velázquez Piñol, he notes that the prosecution documents show that he had a professional relationship with BDO that began before the merger with Parissi, in which he received commissions from contracts awarded, in addition to which he executed them. Advisory work with the Ministry of Education and Health Services Administration (ASES).
“There is nothing illegal about that, and the Public Prosecutor did not mention in the amended accusation statement any applicable law in this regard,” he said.
In turn, Jover filed three requests that various charges be dropped against him. “From the document’s paper, ASES received the services that it negotiated and paid for,” Joffer’s suggestion states.
“The alleged misrepresentation of the“ relationship ”between IGS and the individuals who provided services did not alter the negotiation itself when the contracts were signed, did not mislead ASES into contacting IGS, nor did it alter the quality of services provided,” he added.
In her case, former ASES Director Angela Avila joined the many requests of the other defendants and made an individual request, asking her to face the case separately, “to avoid being tainted with prejudice and the risk of being charged with guilt through association.”