Univision’s Cisneros indicted

LOS ANGELES — Hours after former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros was indicted for allegedly making payments to his former mistress, Linda Jones, Univision Communications Inc. said he will remain president and chief operating officer.

Cisneros was charged Thursday with conspiracy, obstructing justice and lying to the FBI about his cash payments to his onetime mistress, a special prosecutor said.

Independent counsel David Barrett said a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., returned a 21-count indictment against Cisneros, Jones and two aides who previously worked for Cisneros.

He said Cisneros is accused of lying and concealing information from the FBI during background investigations in late 1992 and early 1993, before he was nominated by President Clinton as HUD secretary.

Cisneros, who was charged in 18 of the 21 counts, faces a maximum of 90 years in prison if convicted on all charges, Barrett said.

In a press release Thursday, Univision chairman and CEO A. Jerrold Perenchio said “an indictment is not a determination of guilt and Mr. Cisneros deserves his day in court.” He will continue to serve in his present roles throughout the deposition of his case.

Univision is a Spanish-language television company.

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