1. Dismissals in the Fund
The acting administrator of the State Insurance Fund, Juan Benítez, fired Roxanna Sifre, wife of the mayor of Cataño, Félix “El Cano” Delgado, and Orlando Montes, husband of representative María Milagros on Friday Charbonier. Both dismissals arise after a federal investigation into close associates of the mayor of Cataño and his wife, who is a prominent employee in the Charbonier legislative office.
2. Positive for COVID-19
The mayor of Canóvanas, Lornna Soto, reported on Friday that she tested positive for coronavirus. Likewise, the representative José “Conny” Varela became the first legislator to test positive for the virus. After the information was made public, the candidate for governor Eduardo Bhatia and the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz came to take samples that were negative. Meanwhile, the candidate for the government of the PNP, Pedro Pierluisi, was tested and also came out negative.
3. They move infected inmates to the Island
The Committee of Friends and Family of the Inmate expressed his dismay at the transfer of 65 inmates from Florida penal institutions to the federal prison in Puerto Rico, six of whom have tested positive for COVID-19 . "This matter cannot fail to concern us," said spokeswoman Milagros S. Rivera Watterson.
4. Arrests for Fraud with PUA
Police arrested over the weekend 10 people for alleged fraud in the Department of Labor's Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. A report by the authorities detailed that they are several individuals who steal the identity of people to request help. Subsequently, they change the checks they receive at different banks using false identifications. The arrests occurred after the Uniformada received several complaints in the San Juan and Bayamón regions.
5. John Lewis Dies
John Lewis, the leader of the civil rights movement – whose bloody beating at the hands of Alabama state agents in 1965 helped propel opposition to racial segregation – and who had a long career in Congress, passed away. He was 80 years old. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed the death on Friday, calling him "one of the greatest heroes in US history."