Puerto Rico After the Storms: Recovery and Fraud

Number 28567
Subject Natural Disaster
Source
State
Year 2019
Publication Date Oct. 6, 2019
Summary U.S. taxpayer are footing the biggest bill ever for a natural disaster, $91 billion, going to a government mired in corruption and under FBI investigation. We are the only news program that we know of to tackle and extensively report on how much has been promised and how little has actually been received in the wake of hurricanes Maria and Irma. We travelled to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, learning there has been a great deal of misreporting and misunderstanding about these numbers, which were not easily accessible. To get at the true amounts, we obtained and examined federal and territory documents, pressed the governor’s office, and interviewed officials responsible for the aid including Puerto Rico’s top hurricane recovery official and FEMA’s top official in Puerto Rico. During our visit, there was a popular uprising against the government followed by the governor's resignation, and additional FBI arrests of U.S. and Puerto Rican officials and contractors.
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Keywords Puerto Rico, hurricane, fraud, corruption, natural disaster, disaster relief, government spending, Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Irma, misappropriation
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