President Donald Trump argued for over a year that there was mass corruption taking place in Puerto Rico with government funds following Hurricane Maria in 2017 — and it was just revealed that he was correct the entire time.
Federal authorities charged and arrested two former top Federal Emergency Management Agency officials and a Federal Emergency Management Agency contractor in Puerto Rico last week in a massive corruption investigation.
According to CBS News, former deputy regional administrator Ahsha Nateef Tribble; Jovanda Patterson, Tribble’s chief of staff; and Donald Keith Ellison, former President of Cobra Acquisitions, LLC, were arrested on charges including “conspiracy to commit bribery, honest services wire fraud and disaster fraud.”
The arrests came after Democrats spent years attacking Trump for criticizing Puerto Rico’s response to Hurricane Maria when the storm devastated parts of the U.S. territory.
Trump has been calling out and blasting Puerto Rico for its botched emergency responses and the long recovery period.
After several indictments and arrests, Trump’s claims have now been proven to be true.
These individuals were indicted and arrested.
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) September 10, 2019
A copy of the indictment (seen above) states that Tribble served as FEMA’s Region II Deputy Regional Administrator assigned to power recovery in the devastated region.
Ellison was president of Cobra Acquisitions, LLC, which CBS reported was “the main contractor for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority” and which “executed two contracts with the agency for a total value of $1.8 billion.”
Patterson resigned from FEMA so that she could work at Cobra Energy, LLC.
The indictment states that the group of corrupt officials used Tribble’s position and influence to enrich themselves during their deployment to restore Puerto Rico’s power grid after the storm.
That $1.8 billion in contracts was paid to Cobra through the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority using FEMA funds.
Over time, Ellison bought Tribble’s loyalty with gifts such as “personal helicopter use, hotel accommodations, airfare, personal security services, and the use of a credit card.”
“In exchange, Tribble performed official acts, including influence, advising, and exerting pressure on PREPA and FEMA officials, in order to award restoration work to COBRA and accelerate payments to COBRA.”
Tribble and Ellison are facing forfeiture of nearly $5 million.
“These defendants were supposed to come to Puerto Rico to help during the recovery after the devastation suffered from Hurricane Maria. Instead, they decided to take advantage of the precarious conditions of our electric power grid and engaged in a bribery and honest services wire fraud scheme in order to enrich themselves illegally,” U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez said in a statement, according to CBS.
The indictments and arrests prove that the president was correct when he called out Puerto Rico for misusing taxpayer funds that were sent by the Trump administration with recovery efforts on the island after the storm.
Democrats endlessly claimed that Trump failed to help Puerto Rico and that he was wrong to shine a line on the corruption, but the indictments and arrests prove he was right.
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