Federal Investigation Into Puerto Rican Aid Distribution

Oct 10, 2017

A federal prosecutor will look into allegations that some Puerto Rican officials “did not deliver hurricane relief to the island’s residents.” Governor Rosello requested the investigation after hearing “that FEMA supplies to some mayors were not reaching Puerto Rican residents.” US Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez was interviewed on a local radio station. During the show she said, “This morning we received information from a town on the Island where a person close to the municipal administration was asking one of our federal agents that the supplies that were there could not be touched because they were for his mayor.” Another allegation is that a government official “was hoarding supplies for residents ‘who had voted for that person.’” Currently the U.S. military is in charge of distributing relief and supplies to residents on the island. Rodriguez made it clear, “This is not the time to do politics … this is the time to help and to be kind to others. This is a tragedy and nobody should take advantage of the aid.”