1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump just went on one of his most pathetic benders yet

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The man in the White House, Donald Trump, is defended by those on the right who insist that he is not a racist. He is a man who loves people of color and is the best to them. Just see how he is trying to fight for A$AP Rocky, they will tell you. However, in his continued display of his true views and beliefs, Trump is on the attack again. Not The Squad this time, but rather Representative Elijah Cummings. In a series of tweets Saturday morning, Trump was showing who he is again, stating:

Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA. As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place. Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!




Donald Trump’s racism and hatred for this country and many areas is palpable. The President of the United States is accusing a district that is heavily black of being “disgusting, rat and rodent infested” and “very dangerous & filthy” and “most dangerous” and a place no “human being would want to live.”



That should tell us everything we need to know about the pure, unadulterated filth inhabiting the White House. His party and his followers will dismiss this, but these tweets once again show that we have the Racist in Chief in the Oval Office.

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realDonaldTrump on Twitter: The real Collusion, the Conspiracy, the Crime, was between the Clinton Campaign, the DNC, Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele…..(and many others including Comey, McCabe, Lisa Page and her lover, Ohr and his wonderful wife, and on

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The real Collusion, the Conspiracy, the Crime, was between the Clinton Campaign, the DNC, Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele…..(and many others including Comey, McCabe, Lisa Page and her lover, Ohr and his wonderful wife, and on and on!). @replouiegohmert


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realDonaldTrump on Twitter: We gave Nadler and his Trump hating Dems the complete Mueller Report (we didn’t have to), and even Mueller himself, but now that both were a total BUST, they say it wasn’t good enough. Nothing will ever be good enough for them.

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We gave Nadler and his Trump hating Dems the complete Mueller Report (we didn’t have to), and even Mueller himself, but now that both were a total BUST, they say it wasn’t good enough. Nothing will ever be good enough for them. Witch Hunt!


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realDonaldTrump on Twitter: Elijah Cummings spends all of his time trying to hurt innocent people through “Oversight.” He does NOTHING for his very poor, very dangerous and very badly run district! Take a look…. #BlacksForTrump2020 twitter.com/w_terrenc

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Elijah Cummings spends all of his time trying to hurt innocent people through “Oversight.” He does NOTHING for his very poor, very dangerous and very badly run district! Take a look…. #BlacksForTrump2020 twitter.com/w_terrence/sta…

Trump is being called a Liar & Racist for saying West Baltimore is poorly ran by Democrats.

Well here is a video of West Baltimore and according to Democrats this is beautiful site. They like to see black people living in filth.
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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Donald Trump | The Guardian: Trump slams ‘rat-infested’ district – but his own restaurant had a rodent problem

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President claims Elijah Cummings’ congressional district is a ‘mess’ months after health inspectors visited Trump Tower Grille

Donald Trump attacked the House oversight committee chair, Elijah Cummings, on Saturday, claiming his congressional district in Baltimore was a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess”. But Trump has had his own problems with rodents.

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mikenov on Twitter: She was widely viewed as a controversial lightning rod for her push to adopt charter schools and private school vouchers, in addition to her decision to close hundreds of public schools on the island. fbireform.com/2019/07/27/434…

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4:34 PM 7/27/2019 – From 2017 until her resignation in April, Keleher led wide-scale education reform efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria shuttered the island’s schools. She was widely viewed as a controversial lightning rod for her push to adopt charter schools and private school vouchers, in addition to her decision to close hundreds of public schools on the island. | FBI Reform

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From 2017 until her resignation in April, Keleher led wide-scale education reform efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria shuttered the island’s schools. She was widely viewed as a controversial lightning rod for her push to adopt charter schools and private school vouchers, in addition to her decision to close hundreds of public schools on the island.

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Julia Keleher, Puerto Rico’s former education secretary, was arrested Wednesday on charges that she participated in a conspiracy to steer millions of dollars in government contracts to unqualified, politically-connected organizations. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Keleher in Washington, D.C., where she was freed pending her surrender to officials in Puerto Rico within the week.

An indictment puts Keleher and five others — including the former head of the island’s health insurance administration and an executive with a major accounting firm — at the center of a conspiracy to illegally direct more than $15 million in federal funds through contracts to organizations with which prosecutors said the defendants had personal ties.

From 2017 until her resignation in April, Keleher led wide-scale education reform efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria shuttered the island’s schools. She was widely viewed as a controversial lightning rod for her push to adopt charter schools and private school vouchers, in addition to her decision to close hundreds of public schools on the island.

After stepping down, Keleher consistently painted herself as a heroic fighter against the island’s anti-reform forces. As recently as April, following local news reports that Keleher was under federal investigation, she denied the allegations. In an exclusive interview with The 74, Keleher claimed that she sounded the alarm on irregularities involving a contract, which she said was discovered during an internal audit.

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“The fact that there are investigations into operations in the Department of Education, that’s not news — I myself made the referral,” she said, noting that federal investigators have looked into mismanagement at the island’s education department “repeatedly.”

“What the Puerto Rico press is reporting firmly is that there’s an investigation into me,” she said. “My understanding is there’s an investigation into contracting in the department, right, and that’s been going on” for years, including before she worked for Puerto Rico’s government.

The grand jury indictment, however, tells a different story.

Eroded trust

In a 44-page indictment, six people were named on 32 counts, including money laundering and wire fraud. Besides Keleher, those charged include Ángela Ávila-Marrero, who formerly led the Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration; Glenda Ponce-Mendoza, who worked as Keleher’s special assistant, and her sister, Mayra Ponce-Mendoza, who owned the company Colón & Ponce; Alberto Velázquez-Piñol, owner of the company Azur, LLC, a subcontractor; and Fernando Scherrer-Caillet, managing partner of the prominent accounting firm BDO.

“Public corruption continues to erode the trust between government officials and our citizens,” Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, said in a press release. “Defendants Keleher and Ávila-Marrero exploited their government positions and fraudulently awarded contracts funded with federal monies,” adding that their actions deprived Puerto Ricans of education and health services.

“The charged offenses are reprehensible, more so in light of Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis,” she added.

Officials allege Keleher and others devised a scheme to direct education department contracts to the company Colón & Ponce, through “a corrupted bidding process” that gave the company an advantage based on personal relationships at a time the agency hadn’t yet put out a bid for services. The Ponce-Mendozas worked together to secure a contract with the education department, according to the indictment, and Keleher instructed the agency to award the $43,500 deal to the company. That contract was later increased to $95,000, the indictment said, and was used in part to pay the salary of a special assistant to Keleher. Additionally, officials at Keleher & Associates, a consulting firm owned by the former secretary, allegedly helped Colon & Ponce craft their proposal.

At one point, the indictment said, an education department official refused to sign a letter granting Colón & Ponce the job because it “was the only company not qualified for the contract, and was the worst applicant.”

Meanwhile, Keleher, Velázquez-Piñol, and Scherrer-Caillet were charged with conspiracy to commit theft in an alleged effort to defraud more than $13 million in federal funds through education department contracts to the company BDO between January 2017 and April 2019. BDO subcontracted with other companies to perform the services, in violation of the contracts, including the company Azur, which it granted a 10 percent commission, thus inflating the costs of the services, according to the indictment.

Ávila-Marrero, Velázquez-Piñol, and Scherrer-Caillet were also charged in an alleged conspiracy to defraud more than $2.5 million in federal funds from the health insurance administration to BDO.

The indictment alleges BDO and Azur executives “paid individuals with government influence” and were given internal government documents to help craft contract proposals. Prosecutors said that several existing government contracts were cancelled or terminated and awarded to companies “endorsed and promoted by individuals with government influence.”

Keleher’s initial court appearance in Washington occurred behind closed doors Wednesday. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson freed Keleher without bond, on the condition that she surrender to authorities in Puerto Rico on or before July 17, El Nuevo Dia, a Puerto Rican newspaper reported. Scherrer-Caillet, Ávila-Marrero, and both Ponce-Mendoza sisters pleaded not guilty in federal court in Puerto Rico; Velázquez-Piñol was arrested in Connecticut.

Attempts to reach Keleher for comment were unsuccessful Wednesday. But Maria Dominguez, one of her attorneys, noted that Keleher isn’t accused of receiving any kickbacks or bribes, making these charges “significantly different” than other public corruption indictments.

While declining to address specifics, Dominguez told The 74, “We’re convinced in the innocence of our client, and we don’t believe this is a meritorious prosecution.”

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In a series of tweets Wednesday, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who championed the island’s reform push with Keleher, said he was cutting a foreign vacation short in order to return to Puerto Rico to address the charges.

“The allegations against people arrested today are a disgrace,” he wrote. “Our public policy is clear: we will fight corruption in all its forms. No one is above the law. Everyone who fails must face the consequences.”

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat and chair of the House committee that oversees Puerto Rico, told The Washington Post that Rosselló should resign following Wednesday’s arrests.

“We’ve crossed that crucible now,” Grijalva told the newspaper. “The restoration of accountability is so key going forward.”

Aida Diaz, president of the island’s teachers union, said in a Facebook postthat the charges were “another shame” for the education department and a “sad day” for the public school system.

Prior legal tangles

Wednesday’s indictment is not the first time that Keleher and the island’s education department have tangled with the courts. In February, just two months before she stepped down, a judge issued a warrant for Keleher’s arrest but quickly backtracked after department officials vowed to release documents related to a separate federal investigation into a tutoring program. In the April interview with The 74, Keleher claimed the documents federal officials sought stemmed from a case that began before she became education secretary. The arrest warrant was issued because officials in the education department failed to furnish the documents, she said, alleging that she was set up by her own employees who didn’t tell her about the request for information.

“That’s the beginning,” she said, of an “attack on me and on the changes we were trying to implement.”

Some longtime friends of Keleher responded with shock to Wednesday’s news, defending her as a fierce change agent at the helm of a dysfunctional education system.

Don Yu, who has known Keleher since they worked together at the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama administration and considers her a “good friend,” described her as a tireless promoter of improving education.

“Julia is a tiger on the behalf of children. She’s relentless … extremely smart, extremely hardworking, and all of that on behalf of students,” Yu told The 74.

Yu, currently the chief operating officer at Reach Higher, the college access initiative started by Michelle Obama, said he wasn’t familiar with the details of the case, but “if any of those allegations are true, that isn’t the Julia that I know.”

He first defended her on Twitter Wednesday morning, in response to what he called knee-jerk reactions from people assuming the worst, he said.

During her tenure as education secretary, Keleher faced protests and lawsuits over her education reform efforts. On Twitter, critics expressed their grievances with the hashtag #JuliaGoHome. Those emotions didn’t dissipate with her departure. During an April education conference at Yale University, where Keleher spoke about leadership, a student circulated a letter that said reform efforts don’t fix the island’s education woes but rather “mutilate it in order to benefit all but those Puerto Rican citizens who actually rely on high quality public schools.”

In a May op-ed for The 74, Keleher addressed the criticism.

“There were threats and protests,” she wrote. “Offices were stormed and arrests were made. Describing the reaction as resistance to change would be an understatement; it seemed more like a full-on battle to protect the status quo.”

But officials cast doubt on that view Wednesday, saying that Keleher and others acted criminally at the expense of Puerto Rican students.

“It was alleged that the defendants engaged in a public corruption campaign and profited at the expense of the Puerto Rican citizens and students,” Neil Sanchez of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General, said during a press conference in San Juan. “This type of corruption is particularly egregious because it not only victimizes taxpayers, it victimizes those citizens and students that are in need of education assistance.”

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Puerto Rico’s recently departed Secretary of Education defended her tumultuous tenure in a defiant speech at an education conference Friday.

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Puerto Rico’s recently departed Secretary of Education defended her tumultuous tenure in a defiant speech at an education conference Friday.

Keleher said she closed schools because “somebody had to be the responsible adult in the room.” She accumulated enemies by rejecting how the island’s school system used to work, she said. And she had been affected by online criticism tagged #juliagohome, she told the crowd.

“Has anyone ever felt like a minority in a situation? By your voice, by your demographic? That feeling of ‘other’ is difficult,” said Keleher, who is not from Puerto Rico.

The unusually charged speech, at a Yale School of Management education conference, came after Keleher announced she would step down earlier this week — and included her acknowledging an investigation into some element of her or the department’s work.

As superintendent, Keleher drew resistance for her actions in the wake of two hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico in 2017 and pushed 130,000 residents to leave the island, causing student enrollment to plummet. She closed nearly a quarter of Puerto Rico’s public schools and opened the island’s first charter school. Two more charters are slated to open next school year, when a private school voucher program is also set to begin.

Frustration followed Keleher to New Haven. A letter criticizing her policies (and her invitation by conference organizers) circulated at the event.

“Rather than overseeing plans that would put the public school system onto a path of genuine recovery and growth, you pushed the creation of charter schools,” said the letter, signed by Yale junior Adriana Colón-Adorno. “You have relied on the emigration of families after Hurricanes Maria and Irma to justify your closing of schools, but basic logic dictates that closing schools would only worsen that the conditions that made them leave in the first place.”

Keleher referenced the criticism before launching into a defense of her work. “If this letter wasn’t about me, it was about you, how would you feel?” she said.

She described the Puerto Rican school system as almost dystopian, lacking basic infrastructure and rife with corruption and patronage before she arrived. Decisions not to award contracts to political campaign workers, she said, earned her “a very vast and powerful group of enemies.”

Her voice wavered as she described visiting a classroom where a teacher was working in the dark. She was trying to change conditions in schools that many in Puerto Rico had to come to accept, she said.

“Are you familiar with New York City, the broken window concept? What happens over time when people just see the broken window? There becomes a state of acceptance,” she said, referring to a controversial policing theory. “In an environment where there aren’t books, and there aren’t teachers, and the buildings are falling down. And that’s just how it is.”

The decision to close schools, she said, was a challenging but necessary one because Puerto Rico had not adjusted in response to long-running declines in school enrollment that were exacerbated by the hurricanes.

“I regret the pain that that caused communities,” she said. “But somebody had to be the responsible adult in the room. They had to do what people hadn’t done in a decade.”

Keleher has also pointed to the additional resources schools have received, like nurses and laptops, as well as planned teacher pay raises.

That hasn’t been enough for some teachers and families in Puerto Rico. At one point during her tenure, teachers in San Juan walked out in protest of Keleher’s policies. The school closures left some parents worried about students’ commutes, NPR reported, and the union attempted unsuccessfully to try to stop new charter and voucher programs.

“During her tenure, Puerto Rico’s Education Secretary Julia Keleher treated educators and parents as a speed bump, implementing policies that created chaos and instability for the island’s 320,000 schoolchildren,” American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and Puerto Rico’s teachers union chief Aida Diaz said in a statement Tuesday.

When Keleher announced Monday that she was stepping down, she said she planned to stay on as an adviser to the education department. That changed Thursday, as reports surfaced of a federal investigation into department contracts and Keleher said she would drop her advising role.

At the Yale event, Keleher said that it was the right time to turn power over to someone better at handling nitty-gritty details, now that sweeping changes are in the works.

“It was the appropriate time for someone to take on the leadership role who will be responsible for implementation,” she said.

Keleher also referenced an investigation into technology spending.

“We made an investment of $300 million in technology, because not all schools were online, so kids actually didn’t have access to the Internet,” she said. “The headline today is, ‘They demand an investigation into the use of federal funds to buy computers’ Look, we used a rubric. It was a rigorous process … There was nothing fraudulent or illegal or incorrect about how that procurement process happened.”

She declined to elaborate when asked by Chalkbeat. It was unclear whether that is connected to local press reports referencing a federal investigation and legislative inquiry.

“I have no comment about the investigation,” Keleher said. “Investigations have been happening in the Department of Education since forever. So I think they need to be able to run their course.”

Sarah Darville contributed reporting.


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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, V. [1] JULIA BEATRICE KELEHER: The charges of wire fraud are known to be very broad and non-specific.This case has to be scrutinized for the signs of the politicization. To me, this whole affair smells strongly as being political and the retaliation on the part of Trump: to teach Rossello a lesson for his opposition and harsh words.

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M.N.: These charges and the legal issues involved have to be examined very carefully by the lawyers, and they have to be handled legally (I do not see anything particularly tragic in them at a first glance, the charges of wire fraud are known to be very broad and non-specific. Is this case based on Rico rules and the FBI informants? 
To me, this whole affair smells strongly as being political and the retaliation on the part of Trump: to teach Rossello a lesson for his  opposition and harsh words. 


This case has to be scrutinized for the signs of the politicization. 


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You can read the full indictment here:

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF PUERTO RICO
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
V.
[1] JULIA BEATRICE KELEHER,
Counts: 1-3, 10,12, 15-16,
[2] ANGELA AVILA-MARRERO,
A/K/A “ANGIE”
Counts: 19-23,25
[3] ALBERTO VELAZQUEZ-PINOL,
Counts: 12-32
[4] FERNANDO SCHERRER-CAILLET,
Counts: 16,19,23-26,
[5] GLENDA E. PONCE-MENDOZA,
Counts: 1,4-11
[6] MAYRA PONCE-MENDOZA,
Counts: 1,3-6,9, 11
Defendants.
INDICTMENT
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CRIMINAL VIOLATIONS:
18U.S.C.§ 1349
(Wire Fraud Conspiracy) Count 1
18U.S.C.§§371,641
(Conspiracy, Theft) Counts 12, 19
18US.C. § 1343
(Wire Fraud) Counts 2-11, 13-18, 20-25
18U.S.C.§1956(h)
(Money Laundering Conspiracy) Count 26
18U.S.C. § 1957
(Money Laundering) Counts 27-32
32 COUNTS
& FORFEITURE ALLEGATIONS
INDICTMENT
THE GRAND JURY CHARGES:
COUNT ONE
18 U.S.C. § 1349
(Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud)
Unless otherwise specified, at all times material to this Indictment:
1. The Puerto Rico Department of Education (hereinafter “PR DOE”) was organized under
Article V, section 6 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The PR DOE
was responsible for the planning and administration of all public elementary, secondary
Case 3:19-cr-00431-PAD Document 3 Filed 07/09/19 Page 1 of 44
and some post-secondary education throughout Puerto Rico.
2. The PR DOE administered various federal financial assistance programs funded by the
United States Department of Education (hereinafter “US ED”) intended for students in
public and private schools.
3. Keleher & Associates, LLC (hereinafter “Keleher & Associates ) was a foreign for-profit
limited liability company organized under the laws of the District of Columbia and duly
authorized to do business in Puerto Rico from on or about April 21,2015, until on or about
January 25, 2018.
4. Keleher & Associates was owned and managed by [1] JULIA BEATRICE KELEHER
from April 21, 2015, until at least in or about 2017.
5. Keleher & Associates maintained a corporate bank account at Wells Fargo Bank, NA
managed and controlled by [1] JULIA BEATRICE KELEHER until at least In or about
June 2018.
6. On or about January 25, 2018, Individual A, an official of Keleher & Associates, was
authorized to execute all legal and administrative documents to “renounce” authorization
to do business in Puerto Rico.
7. [1] JULIA BEATRICE KELEHER was the Secretary of PR DOE from in or about
January 2017 until on or about April 1, 2019. While serving as Secretary of PR DOE, [1]
JULIA BEATRICE KELEHER was paid via professional services contracts by The
Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority (hereinafter “FAFAA” or
“AAFAF”).
8. The PR DOE utilized divisions and units within the PR DOE to manage different functions
and to coordinate the activities of the PR DOE. One such division within the PR DOE was
Case 3:19-cr-00431-PAD Document 3 Filed 07/09/19 Page 2 of 44
the “Secretaria Auxiliar de Asuntos Federales” (Federal Affairs) unit, managed and
overseen by the “Secretaria AuxiUar” (Director).
9. Individual B was the Director of Federal Affairs from in or about January 2017 until in or
about August 2017. As such, she had authority to seek services for the unit, including via
requests for proposals under the PR DOE regulations.
10. In or about January 2017, [5] GLENDA E. PONCE-MENDOZA began working in PR
DOE representing herself to be Special Assistant to the Secretary. At that time, she was
not an employee nor had a contract with the PR DOE.
11. On or about March 28, 2017, [5] GLENDA E. PONCE-MENDOZA executed a
professional services contract to serve as a consultant for PR DOE. The professional


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Mail and wire fraud – Wikipedia

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Abuse and overcriminalization[edit]

The scope of 18 U.S.C. §1341 and 18 U.S.C. §1343 is broad. These statutes have been held by the Supreme Court to encompass “everything designed to defraud by representations as to the past or present, or suggestions and promises as to the future.”[12] Lower courts have progressively expanded this ruling, finding that the law “puts its imprimatur on the accepted moral standards and condemns conduct which fails to match the ‘reflection of moral uprightness, of fundamental honesty, fair play and right dealing in the general and business life of members of society'”.[13] As interpreted, these requirements are not difficult to meet; the Justice Department claims to defer federal prosecution for petty local fraud.

In 1987, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in McNally v. United States to narrow the scope of the mail and wire fraud statutes, ruling that the statute pertained only to schemes to defraud victims of tangible property, including money. In 1988, Congress enacted a new law that specifically criminalized schemes to defraud victims of “the intangible right of honest services” (honest services fraud).


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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Former Secretary of Education Julia Keleher arrested outside PR

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Agents of the Federal Investigation Bureau arrested on Wednesday morning, the former secretary of the Department of Education (DE) of Puerto Rico, Julia Keleher, in the federal capital of Washington DC as confirmed by sources of NotiCel.

Likewise, the former director of the Health Insurance Administration (ASES), Ángela Ávila, and the BDO Puerto Rico executive, Fernando Scherrer, were arrested in Puerto Rico.

Between ASES and the DE, it was conspired under three fraud schemes totaling $ 15.5 million. 

Against Keleher weigh a conspiracy charge to commit electronic fraud, three charges for electronic fraud, and a conspiracy charge to commit an offense to the United States.

See also:  Keleher must be turned over to federal authorities in Puerto Rico

Related to this case, the Mayra and Glenda Ponce Mendoza sisters were also accused, who served as consultants to the Secretary of the Department of Education (DE).

Against Glenda weigh an electronic fraud charge and a charge for conspiring to commit fraud while against his sister Mayra weigh three charges for electronic fraud and a charge for conspiring to commit fraud.

His case was assigned to judge Pedro A. Delgado Hernández.

You can see the press conference here:

“As a society we must reject all behavior outside the law, whether in the public service, in the private sector, or in any activity. As governor I assume the responsibility and commitment to combat this evil in all instances, until Puerto Rico is an example of the values ​​and principles on which a more just, dignified and productive society is built. I reiterate that our administration will not tolerate corruption and that everyone who fails to trust must pay with the full weight of the law. I also reiterate the call for collaboration with law and order agencies that work in these cases, ”said Governor Ricardo Rosselló in written statements.

For his part, the current secretary of the DE, Eligio Hernández Pérez, said that “the blow that the reputation of the public servant receives with news such as today is undeniable. It is a day to reflect on the values ​​that should guide our day to day to do and our actions The Department of Education is composed mostly of people who share values ​​of honesty and service, for people who have made an impeccable career for years. All of them, I call you today to reaffirm our commitment to serve to our children with earnestness, honesty and eagerness, with transparency, with righteousness and clean hands. “

Similarly, the official reiterated the zero tolerance for corruption and his willingness to collaborate with any investigation. 

La exsecretaria de Educación, Julia Keleher (Archivo / NotiCel) [ +  – ]

“While the authorities elucidate and judge this more than unfortunate situation and the actions that some may have committed, our efforts will be focused on cleaning up the system, improving our processes, establishing mechanisms and controls that allow us to restore the trust of our citizens and that our institution be an example and a source of pride for our staff and our students, “added Hernández Pérez.

As revealed in NotiCel, at least two consulting contracts with federal funds had been altered in the DE without the authorization of the program in charge of handling this money. This money was moved to benefit relatives of Keleher.

Before the questions, the Governor hid behind the ignorance.

“I have not received information about illegal actions of the secretary, nor of an investigation,” Rosselló said at the time.

You can read the full indictment here:

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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Former Puerto Rico Education Secretary Arrested on Federal Corruption Charges – Mother Jones

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Julia Keleher.Xavier Araujo/El Nuevo Dia via ZUMA Press

Julia Keleher, the former Puerto Rico Secretary of Education assailed for pushing austerity and privatization measures after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, was arrested Wednesday morning, accused of illicitly steering hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts to close associates in 2017.

Keleher was arrested in Washington, D.C., according to Noticel, which first reported the news. Mother Jones could not immediately verify the precise location or means of Keleher’s arrest.

Keleher, a former consultant and US Department of Education program manager, was the Secretary of Education of Puerto Rico from January 2017 to April 2019, a term that started nine months before the hurricane wracked the island. During her tenure she came under intense criticism on the island for her push to close hundreds of schools and fire staff amidst intense budget deficits, even as she earned about $20,000 per month in salary—roughly nine times what an average Puerto Rico teacher is paid.

The arrest comes after a 32-count indictment was filed in federal court Tuesday alleging that Keleher and five others conspired to award a contract from the Puerto Rico Department of Education to a consulting firm owned by the sister of one of Keleher’s assistants, even after a department official warned that the firm was not qualified and “the worst applicant,” according to the indictment. A Department of Education official executed a $43,550 contract with the firm after being “pressured to do so” by Keleher, the government alleges. The total value of the contract ended up nearly double that amount, at roughly $95,000.

The federal government also alleges that Keleher’s department awarded a contract with $220,000 in illegal commissions for a consultant for another company, according to Education Week.

In a statement to Mother Jones late Wednesday, Javier Micheo, one of Keleher’s attorneys, said, “Because the federal investigatory process is one entirely controlled by the Government, without participation by the defense, we are not surprised with today’s indictment against Ms. Keleher.”

Micheo said that Keleher is innocent of all charges and was a “devoted public servant who assumed the stewardship of the Puerto Rico Department of Education under extraordinarily difficult conditions.” Micheo added that the indictment “does not allege her receipt of improper consideration or compensation, such as bribes, gratuities, or kickbacks.”

Alberto Velázques Piñol, a consultant for professional services firm BDO Puerto Rico, was indicted alongside Keleher. The government alleges the pair illegally worked with others to shape government contracts which were then awarded to the company. As part of his arrangement with the firm, Velázquez Piñol recieved a 10 percent commission on any contract he secured, according to the indictment. 

On Tuesday, Latino Rebels reported that BDO had amassed more than $63 million in government contracts since 2012, including at least roughly $16 million linked to the Department of Education, and was a key player in “multiple political scandals, from corruption accusations to possible extortion, a little bit of influence peddling, and multiple resignations.”

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló issued a statement Wednesday that he was cutting a vacation short in order to return to the island. He called the allegations against his former education secretary a “disgrace,” and said “nobody is above the law.”

Read the indictment below:

Keleher Indictment (PDF)

Keleher Indictment (Text)

This story has been updated.

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