March 5, 2021

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Claimant receives more than $ 125 thousand from PUA irregularly

A new investigation revealed that an amount of $ 125,922 was irregularly disbursed to a claimant through application for the PUA benefit.

The investigation was conducted in the Office of the Inspector General of Puerto Rico, as part of a collaboration with the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Labor (DOL-OIG).

The schemes identified include possible crimes for computer fraud, illegal identity appropriation, ideological falsification, among others.

The claims were made through the electronic platform provided and enabled by the DTRH, to obtain possible benefits of federal public funds, taking advantage of the data validation deficiencies of the system.

Recently, the DTRH announced that it enabled a new platform for PUA applications that would seek to minimize the risks of fraud by being linked to data from the Department of the Treasury.

On the other hand, the OIG has before its consideration several cases of possible illegal acts on the part of public servants of the Government of Puerto Rico. Once the investigative process is completed, the corresponding measures will be adopted under the protection of Act No. 15-2017.

In accordance with the provisions of Article 9 of the aforementioned Law and its Regulations, the entire content of the report is confidential in order not to affect future investigations and processes resulting from the findings and recommendations.

However, it reiterates its commitment to continue dealing with situations of fraud or irregularities with public funds, so it is important to call for collaboration so that anyone who has information about an irregular act, can communicate to the OIG through our Inquiry Line 787-679-7979 or via email [email protected].

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