Two former FEMA officials, including one of the agency’s top administrators and one of the people in charge of turning the lights back on, were just arrested by the Feds over conduct in Puerto Rico after the hurricane.
A former CEO of Cobra Acquisitions was also caught up in the scandal. Cobra was hired to help restore power to the island.
The FEMA officials were arrested on federal fraud and bribery charges. One of them was in charge of restoring power to Puerto Rico and decided to steal rather than help. Wow.
Cobra got a $1.8B contract and these clowns tried to loot from the taxpayers. From NBC:
Ahsha Tribble and Jovanda Patterson of FEMA, along with then-Cobra president Donald Keith Ellison, were sent to Puerto Rico as part of the recovery and restoration of the electric power grid after Maria.
According to the indictment, Tribble and Ellison allegedly “developed a personal relationship wherein Ellison provided Tribble with things of value with the intent to influence Tribble’s performance of official acts.
Ellison provided Tribble with personal helicopter use, hotel accommodations, airfare, personal security services, and the use of a credit card,” the Justice Department said in a statement.
“These defendants were supposed to come to Puerto Rico to help during the recovery after the devastation suffered from Hurricane María.
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,” said U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez.
BREAKING: The FEMA official in Puerto Rico, in charge of power restoration after Hurricane Maria, has been arrested by the FBI, as has the fmr. CEO of Cobra Energy (which got $1.8B in contracts) & a 2nd FEMA official…all accused of enriching themselves & defrauding the fed govt pic.twitter.com/bhl2a4hi2D
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