Puerto Rico Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila now faces a second indictment as a U.S. grand jury Tuesday charged the governor and others with five counts of wire fraud and conspiracy allegations relating to possible campaign fund abuse.
The new charges follow a 19-count indictment filed in March against Acevedo Vila, 46, for similar allegations. The first-term governor and member of the Popular Democratic Party is in the midst of a re-election campaign, and will face opponent and current Resident Commissioner Luis Fortuno, a member of the New Progressive Party, in the November general elections. The PDP favors keeping the island as a U.S. territory while the NPP supports Puerto Rico becoming a state.