SAN JUAN – The Panel on the Independent Special Prosecutor (PEEl) accepted on Thursday the recommendation of the Puerto Rico Department of Justice (DJPR) not to carry out a thorough investigation by an FEI, in the case of the former deputy director of the Highway Authority and Transportation (ACT), Luis Rodríguez Rosa.
This case began with an unsworn anonymous communication, dated September 4, 2020, which was received on October 5, 2020, at the Division of Public Integrity and Comptroller Affairs (DIPAC) of the DJPR. In this document, it was notified that Rodríguez Rosa used his official car to take his lover to a motel, where he had an accident and covered up for him. In a second communication, the allegations made in the referenced brief were repeated. At the same time, it adds that Mr. Rodríguez Rosa intervened in the appointment of his wife as deputy director of Human Resources of the Highway Authority, when it was he who handled matters related to that area of work.
As part of the investigative process, the DIPAC determined to consolidate the allegations framed in both communications. Likewise, he requested the delivery of files and other documents to the ACT, related to Rodríguez Rosa, and his wife, Noelis Villegas Levis. They also requested evidence on such allegations, interviewed and took sworn statements from several people in the ACT.
From the DIPAC Preliminary Investigation Report, it appears that the interviews and sworn statements and the documentary evidence received establish, among other things, that:
- Rodríguez Rosa does not have, nor has he had assigned official vehicles.
- The former employee who was linked in a love affair with Rodríguez Rosa, stopped working at the ACT since February 2019. The latter flatly denied said relationship.
- All the witnesses interviewed were aware that Villegas Levis and Rodríguez Rosa are married and that she has been an ACT employee since September 4, 2001.
- Rodríguez Rosa began working in the ACT since 1984. They were married on July 26, 2008.
The DIPAC concluded that no witness or documentary evidence arises from the investigation that establishes the use of the alleged vehicle.
On the contrary, according to the expressions of the witnesses interviewed under oath, Rodríguez Rosa enjoys a reputation for being a serious, strict and authoritarian person.
In consideration and analysis of the Investigation Report submitted by the DJPR, the Panel decided to accept the recommendation not to designate an EIF. Therefore, it orders the definitive filing of this matter, without further processing.
The Panel also determined to accept the recommendation of the DJPR to send a copy of the Preliminary Investigation Report to the Office of Government Ethics (OEG). This. Due to the fact that the OEG has an active administrative investigation into the engineer Rodríguez Rosa and his wife, in the face of a possible case of conflict of interest.