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Trump Was Right: FBI Arrests FEMA Officials For Fraud in Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria Relief Fund

Remember how President Trump repeatedly said there was fraud occurring within the Puerto Rico hurricane Maria relief fund, and Democrats and the fake news media went berserk and called him ‘racist’?

The below tweets are from April of this year.

Annnnnd once again, President Trump was right.

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The FBI has just arrested several FEMA officials for fraud in their handling of the hurricane Maria relief fund.

Two former FEMA officials, including one of the agency’s top administrators, were arrested on federal fraud and bribery charges in connection with their work in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria hit the island in 2017.

The FBI also arrested the ex-president of Cobra Acquisitions, contracted to work with federal officials on the restoration of Puerto Rico’s power grid, which sustained widespread damages in the storm. [CNBC]

The charges involve bribes, disaster fraud, and wire fraud, among others. It’s a virtual smorgasbord of fraud and wrongdoing.

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A former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency was arrested Tuesday for taking bribes from the president of a company that landed $1.8 billion in federal contracts to repair Puerto Rico’s electrical grid after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September 2017.

Federal authorities arrested Ahsha Tribble, FEMA’s former deputy administrator for the region that includes Puerto Rico. Donald Keith Ellison, the former president of Cobra Acquisitions was also arrested.

They were accused of “conspiracy to commit bribery of public officials; acts affecting a personal financial interest; false statements; disaster fraud; honest services wire fraud, Travel Act violations, and wire fraud,” according to a statement from the Department of Justice.

Ms. Tribble and Mr. Ellison had a “close personal relationship” from October 2017 to April 2019, and Mr. Ellison gave Ms. Tribble gifts that ranged from personal helicopter use, hotel accommodations and personal security services, according to the DOJ statement.

In exchange, Ms. Tribble performed “official acts” including influencing, advising, and exerting pressure on Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and FEMA officials, in order to award restoration work to Cobra and accelerate payments to the company. [CNBC]

The Puerto Rican government is a swamp.

Just one month ago, Puerto Rico’s former secretary of education and five other people were arrested on charges of steering federal money to unqualified, politically connected contractors.

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