Just when you think that the powers that be (literally) in Puerto Rico could sink no lower…
It is bad enough that the island of Puerto Rico was in the dark off and on long before Hurricane Maria, due to an antiquated electric grid built by Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) and the island’s bankruptcy woes.
Instead of PREPA working to get the island’s electricity restored for those living on the island, the utility company has been hoarding much needed equipment and supplies in its warehouse, i.e., until FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers converged upon PREPA’s warehouses last weekend.
…Despite the Federal Emergency Management Agency sending hundreds of workers to the area to help restore the electrical grid, they’ve been at a loss as to where critical construction items, shipped to the island as part of the recovery effort, have gone.
Now, armed federal agents are reportedly taking the situation into their own hands. Over the weekend, FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began raiding warehouses, where the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority has been “hoarding” these “critical materials” out of reach of aide workers.
According to The Intercept, FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used their security details to break into a Palo Seco warehouse where they found hundreds of tension steel sleeves and nearly 3,000 items critical to U.S. contractors who are trying to help Puerto Rico restore power.
Both agencies quickly inventoried and distributed the items[…]
As reported by el vocero de puerto rico, there is an investigation into allegations of PREPA employees extorting businesses, property owners and others desperate to have their electrical power restored. The going price up to $5,000.
|…The Office of Corporate Security of the Electric Power Authority (AEE) investigates 25 cases of alleged acts of bribery by employees of that public corporation that requested money under the table in exchange for restoring service in crisis since the scourge of the Hurricane Maria on September 20.
A few months ago it has been denounced in social networks that employees of the AEE, allegedly have asked up to $ 5 thousand to private citizens and merchants.
The press spokesman of that corporation, Carlos Monroig, informed yesterday in writing to EL VOCERO that PREPA has so far “summarized three employees from the Ponce area, who have been separated from employment and salary and are awaiting the administrative process… “
H/t True Pundit.
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