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FBI Raids Government Office In Puerto Rico Looking For Fixed Bids, Forged Docs

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SAN JUAN — The FBI has raided a government office in Puerto Rico’s capital to seize documents and other items as part of an investigation into alleged fraud.

Special agent in charge Douglas Leff said federal investigators are also looking into potential obstruction of the investigation.

According to Leff, agents believe documents tied to the reported irregularities in the city’s purchasing procedures might have taken from the building or falsified.

At least 20, mostly unarmed, agents entered the building carrying briefcases, cameras, electronic equipment and coffee, the Puerto Rican news agency El Nuevo Día reported.

The raid was focused on the offices of San Juan’s Purchasing Division where irregularities were discovered.

Leff said agents are acting on allegations that an unidentified person might have moved and forged documents.

FBI agents were seen raiding an office on the 15th and 14th floor of Torre Municipal de San Juan, according to authorities. The operation was related to suspected corruption in the purchasing department, according to Telemundo PR.

Allegations made by a former employee point to a pattern of favoritism with a company that has bid for projects with the city, El Nuevo Dia reported.

“We are seeking documents and evidence that support this allegation,” FBI spokesman Carlos Osorio said. “This search will help us confirm if allegations are true or not. We will look through every document, bill, email…anything that will let us clarify the claims.”

The raid has required a number of FBI agents who have occupied several floors of the building, he said. Osorio said this is the first time the FBI has raided the building, El Nuevo Día reported.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said on Twitter that her instruction “is always total collaboration.”

“If someone has done something wrong, they should be subjected to due process and face the consequences of their actions,” Yulín Cruz said.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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