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INSULT 2 INJURY: FBI Agents Raid Financially-Troubled Town In Puerto Rico

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   FBI Agents raid Toa Baja in Puerto Rico

Dozens of FBI agents are seizing documents and electronic equipment at the city hall of a financially struggling town in northern Puerto Rico.

The special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Juan division said Tuesday that agents were serving a search warrant at the government offices in Toa Baja.

Douglas Leff said the FBI would turn over potential evidence to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The reason for the search isn’t clear. The FBI did not release further details.

The Internal Revenue Service recently froze Toa Baja’s accounts because of a $1.5 million debt and the city government temporarily shut down most operations.

Toa Baja Mayor Jorge Ortiz said he is cooperating and declined further comment.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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