Two former Federal Emergency Management Agency officials were arrested for bribery and fraud following a corruption investigation in Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017.
The former president of Cobra Acquisitions, a corporation that was returned by a Grand Jury under a lawsuit was charged on Tuesday with 15 charges against former FEMA officials Ahsha Tribble and Jovanda Patterson and Donald Keith Ellison who was President of Cobra Acquisitions until June.
A statement from the Department of Justice said Tribble, the Deputy FEMA Administrator of the region, and Ellison allegedly developed a personality relationship in which Ellison Tribble provided things of value with the intention of influencing Tribble's execution of official acts n served Tribble with personal helicopter use, hotel accommodations, airfare, personal security, and the use of a credit card.
Patterson was a deputy FEMA chief of staff posted to San Juan from October 201
In the event of a conviction, the defendants become convicted of conspiracy, violations of travel laws, conflicts of interest Justice Department says it has been sentenced to five years imprisonment
Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, the US attorney for Puerto Rico, said that the defendants had decided to take advantage of the precarious conditions of our electricity network and participate in a bribe and corruption trial To participate in honest service wire fraud to enrich themselves illegally. "
Billions of dollars were spent to repair the destroyed power grid in Puerto Rico, a US territory of about 3.2 million Americans, after Hurricane Maria included about eleven It took months for the electricity authority of Puerto Rico to serve the 1.5 million K Andren, who had lost their power – an effort that has been controversial recently in 2017 due to a $ 300 million contract with Whitefish Energy in Montana, the then governor. Ricardo Rossello had to break off.