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Posted: 10 October 2008 03:21 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Senator arrested for corruption exposes Lincoln Díaz-Balart

MIAMI, October 7.— Puerto Rican Senator Jorge de Castro Font, arrested on October 2 by the FBI for corruption, has affirmed that he made a special visit to Florida in 2004 to deliver “a few little checks” of illegal donations to mafioso congress member Lincoln Díaz-Balart.

In a statement reported by the newspaper Primera Hora, Castro Font says he took a trip on a private American Airlines plane to turn in the money to the mafioso congress member for the Fonalledas family, which owns Plaza Las Américas.

Castro Font was accompanied at the time by Luis Fortuño, then candidate for resident commissioner.

The senator also said in an interview with radio station WKAQ that he would soon provide more details about this illegal campaign contribution to the Cuban-American congressman.

Agents of the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service raided Castro Font’s home and Senate office on August 24 and seized documents and weapons, Primera Hora reported.

The senator faces 32 federal charges of corruption, presumably for soliciting money to get laws passed.


MIAMI, October 7.— Congressman Lincoln Díaz-Balart has obtained millions of dollars in federal funds to benefit a small group of defense contractors from Miami-Dade County in Florida, which in turn has donated tens of thousands of dollars to election campaign funds for him and his brother, likewise U.S. Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart.

Locust USA and Mark Two Engineering, contractors from Medley, began contributing to the Diaz-Balart brothers’ campaigns and political action committees in 2001, the year Locust obtained its first minor defense contract. That year, their contributions totaled more than $67,000.

Locust received a $20.8 million Pentagon contract for research and development between 2001 and 2007, according to federal contract files.

At least 44% of that — $9.2 million — came from special Congress budget allocations sponsored by Lincoln Díaz-Balart, the Miami Herald newspaper reported. The largest allocation, $3.7 million, was in 2006.

Díaz-Balart is far from being the only legislator who sponsors special allocations. To date this year, he ranks 12th among 25 U.S. congress members from the state of Florida, with $10 million. (SE)

Translated by Granma International