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Former Puerto Rico senator charged in corruption case

A former Puerto Rico senator who recently testified during a federal corruption trial has been arrested.

Mari Tere Gonzalez was charged Monday with perjury and violating a government ethics law, among other things. She has been released on $65,000 bond and tells reporters she is innocent.

Authorities have not released details on the case.

The charges come five months after a federal jury found several people guilty in one of the U.S. island's biggest corruption cases. The case centered on former fundraiser Anaudi Hernandez, who pleaded guilty to offering items in exchange for political favors and government contracts. He had previously organized a fundraising event for Gonzalez.