March 2, 2021

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Justice files charges for alleged falsification of documents in cases related to PUA funds

Charges are filed against two men

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San Juan – The acting secretary of the Department of Justice, Inés del C. Carrau Martínez, and the director of the Economic Crimes Division, Alexis Carlo Ríos, reported that this Monday, charges were filed, for separate events, against Luis Hernández Duarte and Eric Romero Algarín for alleged forgery of licenses for the purpose of obtaining unemployment funds under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program (PUA).

On July 18, 2020, the defendant Luis Hernández Duarte allegedly went to the Banco Popular branch located in San Patricio Gallery, in Guaynabo, with the intention of changing a check for the amount of $ 9,324 from the PUA Program, with a fraudulent identification. .

He himself was arrested at the scene.

Hernández Duarte was charged in absentia a charge for Article 215-Forgery of License, Certificate and other Documentation of the Penal Code of Puerto Rico.

On the other hand, on July 20, 2020, at the Banco Popular branch located in Barrio Obrero, the accused Eric Romero Algarín, allegedly tried to cash a check for the amount of $ 7,458 from the PUA Program by presenting a false identification.

The accused was arrested at the scene by the Police.

Romero Algarín was charged with Article 215 – Forgery of License, Certificate and other Documentation of the Puerto Rico Penal Code.

The investigation and filing of these cases was in charge of prosecutors Roxanne Rivera Carrión and Luisa Vázquez Cruz together with agents Carlos Matos Ortiz and Emilio Pérez of the Bank Robbery and Fraud Division of the Puerto Rico Police Bureau.

Judge José Parés Quiñones of the San Juan Court of First Instance determined probable cause against Hernández Duarte, ordered his arrest and imposed a global bond of $ 40,000.

On the other hand, Judge Parés Quiñones determined probable cause for the arrest of Romero Algarín and set him a bond of $ 10,000 not deferred. The preliminary hearing was scheduled for October 5, 2020.

An indictment is only an indictment and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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