FBI raids Doral Bank offices in Puerto Rico

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Posted: Dec 23, 2014 1:11 PM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — FBI agents in Puerto Rico raided the headquarters of Doral Bank on Tuesday.

The raid took place at the bank's information technology offices in Hato Rey, according to U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez.

Authorities declined to provide details about the investigation, though Rodriguez said it might be related to a probe into the June 2011 killing of New Jersey bank executive Maurice Spagnoletti. The 56-year-old was fatally shot as he drove home on one of San Juan's main highways, and authorities said it seemed like a professional attack. He had been an executive vice president at Doral for about six months.

His widow previously accused bank officials of conspiring to kill him for uncovering alleged fraud at the Puerto Rico-based institution, but she withdrew the suit and the bank issued a statement saying the claim was "without merit and lacks any credibility."

Doral Bank also has been involved in a multimillion-dollar feud with the local government. The bank maintains it is owed a $230 million refund in overpaid taxes.

The bank said in a statement that FBI agents collected certain information at the bank and that officials are cooperating with authorities.