The Office of the Inspector General of Puerto Rico identified a new possible fraud scheme by “Pandemic Unemployment Assistance ” (PUA) finding that close to two million dollars in federal aid checks were sent to about nine addresses.
As part of the investigative process, the OIG was able to identify that a large number of claims contained the same postal or physical addresses for the mailing of the checks. The addresses include residences, PO boxes, apartments in public housing, among others.
It was found that in only one of the addresses it was possible to receive different checks, for different claims submitted that totaled more than 500 thousand dollars. In the remaining cases, checks were sent for various claims, totaling more than $ 100,000.
The OIG referred the investigation report to the concerned federal authorities for the evaluation of the infractions and possible federal crimes that have been committed.
Previously, the Office of the Inspector General of Puerto Rico published two investigation reports that contained possible fraud schemes through the alteration of social security numbers in the claims made to the PUA, which were made in collaboration with the Office of the Inspector General of the Department. Labor of the United States.
In accordance with Article 9, of the aforementioned Law and Regulations, the entire content of the report is confidential in order not to affect future processes resulting from the findings and recommendations. An executive summary is publicly available on the website www.oig.pr.gov.
The call for cooperation and citizen collaboration is reiterated, for anyone who has information about possible fraud with public funds in the executive branch, can contact the OIG through our Inquiry Line 787-679-7979 or through the mail electronic [email protected].