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Former assistant to failed Doral Bank CEO arrested in Miami

A former employee of failed Doral Bank was arrested in Miami Friday by the FBI.

Nancy Vélez-Arroyo, the senior executive assistant to the now-shuttered Puerto Rican bank’s CEO and its board of directors, has been charged with three counts of perjury and two counts of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Puerto Rico allege that Vélez-Arroyo lied in testimony to a federal grand jury about her knowledge and involvement in a fraud scheme with one of the bank’s vendors.

Federal regulators shut down Doral Bank in March, marking the biggest failure of a U.S. bank since 2010. The FBI is investigating the bank for fraud, embezzlement and money laundering, and raided its headquarters last year, according to the Associated Press.

A senior executive at the bank, Maurice Spagnoletti, was gunned down in a gangland-style hit in San Juan in 2011 after his widow said he uncovered fraud, corruption and other wrongdoing by colleagues.

Nicholas Nehamas

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