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FEMA Officials Tasked With Restoring PR's Power Charged With Fraud, Bribery

Federal indictments were issued yesterday by the Department of Justice.

Via the Washington Post:

Two FEMA officials assigned to help manage restoration efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria have been charged with fraud and bribery for trying to enrich themselves by helping a company that received $1.8 billion in government contracts, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

One of the officials, whom the Justice Department identified as FEMA’s “primary leader” for restoring power on the island, pressured her colleagues and Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority officials to give government work to the company, Cobra Acquisitions LLC, authorities said.

In exchange, authorities said, the company’s then-president gave her a helicopter ride, hotel accommodations, first-class airfare, personal security services and use of a credit card. And, when a friend and colleague left FEMA, the executive helped her get a job at Cobra Energy LLC, authorities said.

Should I be suspicious that, out of all the corruption involved with Puerto Rican disaster recovery, these indictments target a black woman who worked under Obama? Maybe it's just a coinky-dink, but this is some pretty low-level grifting as these things go.

I guess we'll know for sure if Fox News starts highlighting this story.


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