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Ex-Guayama mayor gets 30 months for bribery scheme

Former Guayama mayor Eduardo Cintrón Suárez

By The Star Staff

Former Guayama mayor Eduardo Cintrón Suárez was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison for his participation in a bribery scheme in which he received cash payments in exchange for awarding municipal contracts and approving the payment of invoices for an asphalt and paving company.

Cintrón Suárez, 54, pleaded guilty in April to one count of conspiracy to participate in a bribery scheme.

According to court documents and statements made in connection with his guilty plea and sentencing, beginning in 2013, Cintrón Suárez executed asphalt and paving contracts and also approved municipal payments to “Company A.” In exchange, Cintrón Suárez agreed to receive a bribe payment of $1 per square meter of new asphalt placed by Company A in the municipality of Guayama under the contracts. The bribery scheme continued until around February 2021. In addition to the prison sentence, the defendant forfeited $114,000 in cash and was sentenced to three years of supervised release.

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite Jr. of the U.S. Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico W. Stephen Muldrow, Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI Criminal Investigation Division, and Special Agent in Charge Joseph González of the FBI San Juan field office made the announcement.

The FBI in San Juan investigated the case. Trial attorney Nicholas Cannon of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico Seth Erbe prosecuted the case.

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