Abel Nazario-Quiñones, PR Senator And Former Mayor Of Yauco Sentenced To 18 Months For False Statements
SAN JUAN, P.R (STL.News) Today, Abel Nazario-Quiñones, former senator and former mayor of the municipality of Yauco, Puerto Rico, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Joseph N. Laplante to serve 18 months in prison, announced United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow.
On March 22, 2020, after a twelve-day jury trial, Abel Nazario-Quiñones, was found guilty of 23 counts of false statements and 5 counts of wire fraud. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the FBI were in charge of the investigation.
“The significant prison sentence imposed on Abel Nazario Quiñones should cause other public officials to think twice about circumventing laws that promote transparency in our government,” said United States Attorney Muldrow. “I am immensely proud of our prosecution team and our law enforcement partners for this successful outcome.”
“Today’s sentencing affirms the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General’s commitment to ensuring that workers receive the wages they have rightfully earned and to investigate those who obstruct the Department’s efforts to ensure the integrity of its programs. Abel Nazario-Quiñones, the former Mayor of Yauco, Puerto Rico betrayed the public’s trust when he engaged in a scheme to deprive Yauco municipal employees their wages and then made false statements to the Wage and Hour Division to continue the fraud.