March 2, 2021

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Charges filed against man for PUA fraud

You attempted to cash a check from the PUA program in the amount of $ 8,724.

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San Juan – Agents, assigned to the Bank Robbery Division, filed charges against Ángel Rivera Rodríguez, 57, on charges of license forgery, identity theft, fraud and appropriation, the latter two in attempted mode, during this morning. in the Court of San Juan.

According to the investigation, on July 15, Rivera Rodríguez went to the Banco Popular branch, located in the San Francisco shopping center, in San Juan, where he tried to cash a check from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program for his acronym in English) in the amount of $ 8,724.

This case was investigated by agent Carlos Matos Ortiz, supervised by Sergeant Carlos Nieves Arroyo, from the Bank Robbery Division, together with prosecutor Juan Méndez Carrero from the Economic Crimes Division of the Department of Justice.

The defendant was brought before Judge Jimmy Ed Sepúlveda, who found cause by setting him a bond of $ 10,000 for each item, for a total of $ 40,000, which he could not pay being admitted to the Bayamón jail and the preliminary hearing was scheduled for 6 October.

An indictment is only an indictment and is not evidence of guilt. The accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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