March 5, 2021

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They file charges against a minor in case related to PUA funds

It is the first to file a minor for fraud to the PUA Program.

San Juan – The Acting Secretary of the Department of Justice, Inés del C. Carrau Martínez and the director of the Economic Crimes Division, prosecutor Alexis Carlo, reported on Thursday that charges were filed against a minor for alleged aggravated illegal appropriation attempt , fraud by information medium and charge for ideological falsehood in order to obtain the benefits of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program, better known as PUA.

This case in charge of the Attorney for Minors Marisol Flores Cortés, in coordination with agent Rafael Díaz Berrios of the Bank Theft and Fraud Division of Banking, Financial and Cooperative Institutions of the Puerto Rico Police Bureau, is the first to be files a minor for fraud to the PUA Program.

The charges filed against the minor were: one charge for violation of Article 182 – Attempted Aggravated Illegal Appropriation of Public Funds; one charge for Article 203- Computer fraud and one charge for Article 212- Ideological falsehood, of the Penal Code of Puerto Rico.

The events occurred on September 2, 2020, when the minor allegedly went to the Banco Popular branch in Plaza Carolina, with the intention of cashing a check for the amount of $ 8,058 from the PUA Program.

When he was identified as a minor, the fraud protocols of the branch were activated and he was arrested by the Police.

According to the investigation, the minor had submitted false information regarding his age, occupation and employment history in order to qualify for the benefit.

Judge Jimmy Sepúlveda Lavergne of the San Juan Court of First Instance determined cause at the hearing, being summoned for the hearing of the case for the first of October 2020.

The Department of Justice continues to investigate all cases related to the PUA Program in coordination with the Puerto Rico Police Bureau. The Public Ministry will file charges against all those who have fraudulently requested the benefits of the PUA program.

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