Former Puerto Rico officials and five others arrested in major corruption probe involving Hurricane Relief!

Two former Puerto Rico officials and 4 businessmen have been arrested by the FBI in a major corruption probe invovling over 15 million in hurricane relief funds:

FOX NEWS – 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.

Officials said Velázques Piñol illegally used federal money to pay for lobbying, and improperly used contacts in the education and health insurance agencies to win contracts. Ponce-Mendoza worked as Keleher’s assistant; both her and her sister were friends with the former secretary.

Keleher is accused of steering contracts toward her friends without going through regular procedures.

Officials said there was no evidence that Keleher or Ávila-Marrero profited from the scheme. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello was not involved in the investigation.

He was returning from vacation in Europe to meet with lawmakers about the investigation.



All the hell that Democrats and Puerto Rico officials gave the Trump administration after the hurricane and here we have two former officials trying to help their friends get rich after so many people died.

And I suspect these former officials had some kind of kickback arrangement with these friends of theirs that will come to light at some point. I doubt they did this for nothing.

Hopefully they throw these people under the jail.

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41 thoughts on “Former Puerto Rico officials and five others arrested in major corruption probe involving Hurricane Relief!

  1. Yet they screamed that President Trump was doing nothing for
    Puerto Rico.One clip I saw was the Mayor lying through her teeth with tones of supplies in the background .

    1. Puerto Rico has corrupt representation that benefits from being a U.S. territory but none of the responsibilities of being part of the United States. They need to stand on their own as an independent nation and not part of the USA in any way.

  2. The Dems will still cry that Trump didn’t help PR after the hurricane. Next time, Prez, send your own people down there to distribute aid. Then it will get done.

  3. CUT PUERTO RICO LOOSE! Most of the people there do nothing but complain about the USA, despite the fact that it is their elected Puerto Ricans who cheat them all, and since they are not a state, yet receive ALL of the benefits of one, CUT ‘EM LOOSE!

  4. Jail time for the scum ripping off the people of the Island; Trump was right about calling out the officials, not all, misusing or stealing the money.

  5. Wow, who’d seen that coming? /s

    I remember, at that time, the TDS crew being the top screamers of Trump’s handling on this site. Seems another one has blown up in their face.

  6. I know corruption happens everywhere to varying degrees but Latin America has it down to an art form. Central and South America are one huge pot of corruption. Literally every country down there deals with a huge amount of it.

    What’s in the water? Nevermind, I’d rather not know…..

  7. A pittance compared with the tens of billions that fell between the cracks in Iraq and Afghanistan. At least Puerto Rican thieves are our thieves.

    1. I don’t want Puerto Rico’s thieves; when these people are tried, convicted and jailed an entirely new batch will come…CUT ‘EM LOOSE!

  8. Someone should confront AOC about the corruption in her dear homeland after she gave Trump a hard time.

  9. Wow, who’d seen that coming? /s

    I remember, at that time, the TDS crew being the top screamers of Trump’s handling on this site. Seems another one has blown up in their face.

  10. Is this the same area as the mayor sharply criticizing Pres. Trump for not sending supplies after the hurricane, only to find a ton of supplies hidden in a warehouse and spoiled by the time they were found? If so, this doesn’t surprise me one bit.

  11. I know corruption happens everywhere to varying degrees but Latin America has it down to an art form. Central and South America are one huge pot of corruption. Literally every country down there deals with a huge amount of it.

    What’s in the water? Nevermind, I’d rather not know…..

  12. Most people will never know about this though since the left wing MSM has made it it’s job to under report negative stories on Democrat non-leadership. “Orange man bad” is what the MSM is interested in and that’s about it.

  13. Well, duh. All we had to do was wait for the story to come out and name names. This was very much expected.

    1. It busts their narrative that Trump was basically the cause of the Puerto Rican suffering. When in fact they were being preyed on by their own. Which Trump mentioned.

  14. Someone should confront AOC about the corruption in her dear homeland after she gave Trump a hard time.

    1. I would be in favor of shipping her to Puerto Rico so she can fix that place for the people there….she is such a genius. ;-D

  15. Is this the same area as the mayor sharply criticizing Pres. Trump for not sending supplies after the hurricane, only to find a ton of supplies hidden in a warehouse and spoiled by the time they were found? If so, this doesn’t surprise me one bit.

  16. Most people will never know about this though since the left wing MSM has made it it’s job to under report negative stories on Democrat non-leadership. “Orange man bad” is what the MSM is interested in and that’s about it.

  17. Well, duh. All we had to do was wait for the story to come out and name names. This was very much expected.

    1. It busts their narrative that Trump was basically the cause of the Puerto Rican suffering. When in fact they were being preyed on by their own. Which Trump mentioned.

      1. If they can make Epstein’s pedophilia Tromp’s fault, they’ll figure out a way to blame him for this.

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