Ramón Orta Pleads Guilty And Is Exposed To a Sentence Of Up To 18 Months In Jail

Former Secretary of Recreation and Sports Ramón Orta pleaded guilty this afternoon to the misuse of public funds and is exposed to a sentence of up to 18 months in jail.


The sentence will be on January 17, 2020.

His lawyer, Francisco Rebollo Casalduc, reported that as part of the agreement to plead guilty the federal prosecutor's office agreed to dismiss 22 of the 23 charges he was accused of, including aggravated identity theft, fraud, conspiracy and bribery.

For the charge of misuse of public funds, the prosecution requested a maximum of 18 months in prison and a minimum of nine months. The defense anticipated that it could request a suspended sentence.

The other six conspirators, including contractors and an executive assistant, pleaded guilty in 2018.

The accusations against Orta Rodríguez date back to June 21, 2017, when he was arrested for an accusation related to an alleged scheme of public money fraud. The former Patillas natural official faces charges for an alleged scheme of illicit enrichment valued at about $ 9.9 million.

The former secretary of the DRD, Ramón Orta, arrives at the federal court to plead guilty to corruption.

Posted by The New Day on Wednesday, October 2, 2019