Puerto Rico’s former education secretary and five others were arrested in a federal fraud probe.
“It’s a shame because there is a lot to do for Puerto Rico and the people accused here profited from this, they sought to benefit their own personal interests and did not think they could help or that they were in a position to help Puerto Rico,” said Rosa Emilia Rodriguez, the U.S. attorney for Puerto Rico. “It’s embarrassing.”
Six people, including Puerto Rico’s former education secretary, were arrested in a sweeping corruption probe in which it’s alleged that they steered federal funds to unqualified, politically connected contractors, federal officials said Wednesday.
The FBI arrested former education secretary Julia Keleher, former Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration head Ángela Ávila-Marrero; businessmen Fernando Scherrer-Caillet and Alberto Velázquez-Piñol, and education contractors Glenda E. Ponce-Mendoza and Mayra Ponce-Mendoza, who are sisters, on fraud and related charges.
“It was alleged that the defendants engaged in a public corruption campaign and profited at the expense of the Puerto Rican citizens and students,” Neil Sanchez, the special agent in charge of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General’s Southern Region, said in a Wednesday news conference. “This type of corruption is particularly egregious because it not only victimizes taxpayers, it victimizes those citizens and students that are in need of educational assistance.”
The alleged fraud involved $15.5 million in federal money spent between 2017 and 2019. Keleher’s education department spent around $13 million during her two years as secretary. Another $2.5 million was spent by the insurance administration when Ávila-Marrero led the agency. More
Say what? You mean President Trump was right again!
And all you hear is Puerto Rico demanding more money from the states and bashing President Trump over it. Well, this is what they do with the money that they do get. It would be nice if Puerto Rico was a contributing body instead of a bloodsucking bunch of thieves.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Look deeper especially at the hurricane relief funds etc… with all those Democrats in charge of everything down there, the scams are endless.
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