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Former FBI agent confronts criminal case in Puerto Rico

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Associated Press

Danika Koto

San Juan, Puerto Rico (AP) — Former FBI agent Mark Rossini, indicted in a corruption case against the former Puerto Rico governor, has been arrested, officials said. , he turned himself in to federal authorities on U.S. territory on Tuesday.

The United States Attorney's Office told his Associated Press that Rossini's attorney contacted authorities days after former Gov. Wanda his Vazquez was arrested.

Rossini was charged with conspiracy, federal bribery and fair service wire fraud.

His attorney could not be reached for comment immediately.

Last Thursday, hours after FBI agents arrested Vazquez, federal officials announced they were looking for Rossini in Spain.

Rossini provided consulting services to an Italian-Venezuelan banker, according to authorities. The banker dismissed the director of Puerto Rico's Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions in exchange for financially supporting Vazquez in his 2020 gubernatorial campaign, appointing: A new one in the banker's choice. The banker, identified as Julio Herrera Velutini, is believed to be in the UK and faces charges including conspiracy, bribery and fraud.

Rossini said he served as an FBI agent from 1991 until 2008, when he resigned as part of a plea bargain, and for personal purposes he added criminal records to the FBI's classified database. pleaded guilty to accessing Most of the searches involved Anthony Pellicano, a notorious Hollywood private investigator who was indicted in 2006 for wiretapping some celebrities and bribing police officers.