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Sep 12 - Trump Admin Officials Arrested for Scamming Puerto Rico Out of $1.8 Billion


 
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Sep 12 - Trump Admin Officials Arrested for Scamming Puerto Rico Out of $1.8 Billion
 

 
Remember when Trump blasted Puerto Rico’s government for their corruption and thievery, explaining that he was the best thing that ever happened to that foreign country whose president’s name he couldn’t quite remember?

Well, it turned out, it was his own people who were actually doing the scamming.

A federal grand jury indicted two former Trump administration officials and a utility company chief on Tuesday, Sept. 3, charging them with bribery, fraud, fraud, and more fraud for diverting disaster relief funds into their own pockets, prompting their boss, U.S. president and first-ballot Con Artist Hall Of Famer Donald Trump to issue a statement saying:

“Wait? It’s illegal for a federal official to profit off taxpayer money? Let me check on that because that can’t be right, so… Oh, I see. They weren’t white. That explains it.”

According to the Department of Justice, federal prosecutors returned an indictment against Donald Keith Ellison, former President of Cobra Acquisitions, FEMA Deputy Administrator Asha Tribble and Jovanda Patterson, who was the former chief of staff for FEMA but you probably don’t remember her name because — and I swear the FBI’s indictment says this, she was “better known as JoJo.”

And Jojo ‘nem be stealing.

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, the Trump administration sent JoJo to Puerto Rico to oversee the rebuilding of the island’s power sector and infrastructure, according to FEMA’s website which hasn’t been updated because Trump probably fired the only person who knows the Squarespace password. Federal agents allege that as soon as Tribble was put in charge, Ellison, who was the president of the utility contractor COBRA Acquisitions, started lavishing her with gifts. And then Asha’s homegirl JoJo just up and left her good government job and went to work for COBRA.

The DOJ notes:

From October 2017 to April 2019, Tribble and Ellison 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. As part of Ellison’s pattern of providing things of value to Tribble, he also secured employment within COBRA’s affiliated companies for her friend, defendant Patterson. In exchange, Tribble performed official acts, including influencing, advising, and exerting pressure on PREPA and FEMA officials, in order to award restoration work to COBRA and accelerate payments to COBRA

Now I’m sure this was probably a coincidence, but somehow, this brand new utility company got a $200 million contract to rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid four days after they made their bid. And then Tribble doubled it to $455 million. A few weeks later, she doubled it again to $945 million. And, because shady people don’t usually practice restraint, they doubled it again, until the contract reached $1.8 billion, the a*sociated Press reports. The people of Puerto Rico probably wouldn’t have been bothered by this except for one reason:

The power kept going out.

They had one job.

While I would never insinuate anything untoward in this relationship, the New York Times thought you should also know that when Tribble used Ellison’s credit cards to pay for trips to New York, Charlotte, N.C., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., they always stayed in the same room. Now I know what you’re thinking but I’m sure they were just trying to save money. $1.8 million doesn’t go as far as it used to go.

When Agents interviewed Ellison, he stated that he didn’t even know Tribble like that, explaining that he only had a business relationship with her and never gave her a helicopter ride. After the FBI charged him with making false statements, Ellison said he did give Tribble a ride (on the helicopter, dummy) but she paid him back. Investigators quietly seized Ellison’s bank accounts while they were investigating the threesome’s shenanigans. The inquiry wasn’t publicly known until Ellison brazenly filed a brief demanding that the FBI release his money.

“These defendants were supposed to come to Puerto Rico to help during the recovery after the devastation suffered from Hurricane María,” said U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. “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.”

The trio has been charged with:

Conspiracy to commit bribery of public officials;
Acts affecting a personal financial interest;
Making false statements;
Disaster fraud;
Honest services wire fraud;
Travel Act violations;
Wire fraud

“I’m going to have my lawyers look into whether this is actually illegal,” said Trump. “Vladimir told me it was ok.”

Tribble is on unpaid suspension.


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Juliette DaBlok  29 heat pts29
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Damn, more scandals. Trump gonna fu*k around and be the President of mass shootings and the most corrupt administration.
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 Juliette DaBlok said
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You know they'll just do the same tap dance they always do. dc3003 will probably ignore all common sense and post a factually incorrect charlie kirk tweet.
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 Juliette DaBlok said
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 Ymmot said
You know they'll just do the same tap dance they always do. dc3003 will probably ignore all common sense and post a factually incorrect charlie kirk tweet.

the toupee claimed his regime was gonna "drain the swamp" and be the most transparent regime in usa history


instead its full of the shadiest and most corrupt goons he can install
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"When they gone lock Hilary and Bill up for what they did to Haiti"


This thread gone be quiet.
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 messy marv stan said
the toupee claimed his regime was gonna "drain the swamp" and be the most transparent regime in usa history


instead its full of the shadiest and most corrupt goons he can install
He meant drain the swamp straight into the white house. I cant believe this motherfu*ker is not in cuffs yet.
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Trash Culture
Trash people.

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Prolly found it on maga taxes
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OldBusiness  187 heat pts187
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 DUCEDUCE said
Trash people.

That damn meth will do it to them

BENGHAZI BENGHAZI!
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 OldBusiness said
That damn meth will do it to them

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They are migrating west, living in rvs, and encampments in forests in LA, nasty people.

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Fauby  29 heat pts29
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I remember when they first announced who got the contract for this, that it was some small Midwest company that didn't have any big clients that "won" it but then it turned out it was one of Trump's cabinets family members or something that ran it


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Most corrupt administration in history and we have a year to go.

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Juliette DaBlok  29 heat pts29
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 OldBusiness said
Trash Culture
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 Fauby said
I remember when they first announced who got the contract for this, that it was some small Midwest company that didn't have any big clients that "won" it but then it turned out it was one of Trump's cabinets family members or something that ran it

Edit: here's the article





Wasnt that Ryan Zinkes people? That sec of the interior dude

The company was from his state and his son interned there too.
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Fauby  29 heat pts29
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 Juliette DaBlok said
Wasnt that Ryan Zinkes people? That sec of the interior dude

The company was from his state and his son interned there too.
Yup, exactly.
I think they ended up backing off the deal since the backlash from it which then inturn was giving to the people above being charged
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so it has nothing to do with trump if you actually read the article

liberal understanding = non-existent

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so it has nothing to do with trump if you actually read the article

liberal understanding = non-existent

Who would of thought reading comprehension would be the secret weapon destroying America


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Bucks414  48 heat pts48
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 Gold Face said
Who would of thought reading comprehension would be the secret weapon destroying America

Article could’ve said former FEMA officials but had to sprinkle in trump to get the gullible liberals clicks

Imagine being so stupid that publishers actually target your stupidity with fancy fabricated headlines to make money, @ been doing this since 2016, he got a good hustle goin on

I might have to get it on it

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