Governor Rosselló refers to the Puerto Rico Department of Justice issue of PREPA materials found in a warehouse
(January 11, 2018 – Washington, DC) The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, referred to the Department of Justice, for the corresponding investigation, the alleged announcement by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) of materials that were found in a Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) warehouse in Palo Seco that could be used for the restoration of the power grid of the Island.
“At a time when it is a priority to restore the power grid in Puerto Rico, I have ordered a legal analysis of this matter so that the people can have the details related to these materials and their storage,” expressed the governor from the federal capital.
To that end, the governor requested the Department of Justice to conduct an investigation to determine if, in the procurement and administration of said materials, rules were violated and/or crimes were committed against the public interest.
The governor added that “the USACE issued some statements that have been denied by PREPA, claiming that these materials come from bonds issued for particular lines. PREPA affirms that the USACE and their contractors have had access to them since before the alleged discovery. Therefore, we are referring the matter to the Department of Justice in order to analyze the facts and determine whether there was a commission of crimes or negligent action."
Rosselló instructed the Government’s chief of staff, William Villafañe, to urgently direct the investigation referral to the Department of Justice to efficiently use the materials and resources in the restoration of the power grid.