Today, Tuesday, the Federal Court ruled against the former director of the Labor Development Department, Sally Lopez Martinez, to two years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit fraud in order to profit Anaudi Hernandez Perez As a contractor during the administration of Alejandro García Padilla.
Lopez Martinez has already spent more than three years in prison.
Lopez Martinez, 42, pleaded guilty today to fraudulently awarding two contracts to JM Professional & Training to Hernández Pérez, while he was driving the ADL.
This new ruling comes after the Boston Court of Appeals Order a new experience against him, on the grounds that a separate trial should have been held against the other defendants in the Hernandez-Perez case.
Federal Judge Pedro Delgado handed down the ruling after the parties reported, at the end of November, that they had reached an agreement. Judge Delgado followed the prosecution’s recommendations to take the three years and nine months he already spent in prison and ask for two years of supervised release, plus a $5,000 fine.
It is a complex case. Nobody is completely happy, but we understand that this is the best we can do. In this case, there are two very different opinions on the evidence of the prosecution … Lopez has already served a very severe sentence. She wants to leave that behind and move on with her life.”Lopez Martinez’s attorney, Linda Buckel.
After Hernandez-Perez pleaded guilty in 2016, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office brought Lopez Martinez to trial, as well as former AAA vice president Yvonne Falcon Neves and her sister Mariles Falcon Neves, and former private. House Assistant, Glenn Rivera Pizarro.
Lopez Martinez and sisters Falcon Neves and Rivera Pizarro were found guilty on October 7, 2016 of conspiring with Hernandez Pérez, a fundraiser for People’s Democratic Party (PPD), in a scheme to corrupt, influence selling, and bribes in favor of Hérnandez Pérez in awarding central government contracts.
On August 31, 2017, the former director of the ADL was sentenced to nine years in prison. Later, Lopez Martinez was released on bail on December 5, 2020, through another appeals decision in Boston, in which the appeal was clarified, but he expected that a new trial order would be issued.
Lopez Martinez’s defense, Linda Baquel, argued that evidence presented against Rivera Pizarro during the trial caused the jury to be biased against him.
In April of this year, the Boston Appeals Commission ordered the new trial to go ahead, after finding that the federal court had abused its discretion by failing to separate her trial from the other defendants.