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FEI withdraws investigation for anonymous complaint against administrator of Retirement Systems

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San Juan – The Panel on the Special Independent Prosecutor (PFEI) reported Tuesday that, after accepting a recommendation from the Department of Justice, it will not assign an independent special prosecutor to investigate an anonymous complaint against the administrator of the Retirement Systems, Luis Collazo Rodríguez for allegations of conflicts of interest.

The PFEI indicated that as a result of said complaint the DJPR carried out a preliminary investigation.

In this investigation, the complaints were examined that the lawyer Collazo Rodríguez worked erratically as a professional and that he generated a state of stress among the staff.

The aforementioned DJPR investigation states that, although the lawyer Collazo Rodríguez holds several appointments as an official of the different government retirement systems of the government.

The reality is that through Law 106-2017 these systems were reformed, as a new independent body separated from others, for which the aforementioned conflict does not exist.

The Report further states that “the complaint addresses issues that lack specificity and, to some extent, are inconsistent as to which irregularities Mr. Collazo Rodríguez committed as part of his duties.”

The DJPR document adds that the investigation did not enter into the analysis and discussion of its performance and the alleged level of stress awarded to the lawyer Collazo Rodríguez, because said allegations refer to matters of an administrative and labor nature “that rule out the intervention of a matter of a criminal nature ”.

The DJPR Report concludes that no violation of any criminal norm was found regarding the actions of the lawyer Collazo Rodríguez, therefore, the then Interim Secretary of Justice, Carrau Martínez, recommended that an FEI not be appointed. “After evaluating in its entirety the information collected and the extensive investigation carried out by the Department of Justice, we accept the recommendation and order the definitive filing of this matter, without further processing,” concludes the Panel in its Resolution of January 19, 2021.

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