Mayor of Gurabo, Puerto Rico arrested by the FBI

 

The mayor of Gurabo, Victor Ortiz Díaz, was arrested by the FBI on December 7 on charges of extortion and soliciting bribes. The mayor may face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

The U.S. Attorney of Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez, confirmed that Díaz is also being investigated for involvement in drug trafficking, and that $23,000 in cash was found in his home.

The alleged crimes began in October 12: when Díaz demanded a “fee” of $125,000, before he would release some funds that were owed to a city contractor.

Díaz then proceeded to “invest” close to $200,000 in city monies, in a fraudulent “Ponzi scheme” company…and all the money disappeared.

Now in 2016, as part of his defense, the mayor claims that he was a “victim” of the Ponzi scheme operators, and that he did nothing wrong. However, U.S. Attorney Rodríguez announced that “it is the citizens of Gurabo, who were the victims of his corrupt acts.”

PERFECT TIMING FOR THE FINANCIAL CONTROL BOARD

Unfortunately, this is perfect ammunition and timing for the US Financial Control Board (FCB) which is planning to inflict a series of “austerities” on the island in 2017.

Two weeks ago, the town of Toa Baja had to shut down, when the IRS froze all its bank accounts. Apparently a previous mayor, Anibal Vega Borges, had collected $1.5 million in social security taxes from 884 city employees, and then “misplaced” all of the tax money.

In December 2015, ten government officials were arrested by the FBI for wire fraud and extortion.

In 2012, the mayor of Barceloneta, Sol Luis Fontanes, was also arrested by the FBI for bribery and public corruption.

All of this plays perfectly into the hands of the FCB. It provides them a rationale for supposedly “cleaning up” the government of Puerto Rico, while ignoring the larger issues of:

  • the Jones Act of 1920, which is really strangling the island’s economy 
  • $16 billion “borrowed” by Luis Fortuño, during his brief governorship
  • The Ponzi scheme Series AA bonds issued by PREPA (2009-2012)
  • the sale of 350 schools by Gov. Garcia Padilla
  • the $1.25 billion gift of PR-22 from Garcia Padilla to Goldman Sachs 
  • Billionaire tax giveaways, known as Acts 20 and 22

All of these large-scale structural issues will remain ignored and unchallenged, while the FBI continues arresting petty Puerto Rican politician / criminals.

FBI and FCB…WORKING TOGETHER AS A TAG-TEAM

The FBI, in effect, will be acting as a public relations vehicle for the FCB. It will help to define the FCB mission as “rooting out Puerto Rico corruption,” rather than reforming the island’s economy.

We can thank the low-rent politicians from both the PPD and the PNP for this.

The middle management of those two political parties – the mayors and agency bureaucrats – all see Luis Fortuño and Alejandro Garcia Padilla getting away with millions, so they try to chisel a little piece for themselves.

When they get caught, the FBI makes an “example” of them, while the real buccaneers – Fortuño, Garcia Padilla, John Paulson, the vulture funds – all sail away scot-free.

Thanks to all of them – from Fortuño on down – the FCB now has a growing alibi for bringing more “austerity” to Puerto Rico.

 

8 Comments on “Mayor of Gurabo, Puerto Rico arrested by the FBI

  1. RESPONSE TO Evelyn
    December 26, 2016:

    EVELYN, THE ISLAND HAS UNDERGONE SEVERAL PLEBISCITE IN RECENT MEMORY. I THINK THE LAST ONE STATEHOOD WON OUT. IT WAS COMPLETELY IGNORED BY THE CONGRESS AND THE CORPORATE PRESS. WHAT SHOULD THAT BE TELLING YOU? IT TELLS ME THAT THE PR VOTE= U.S. POPULAR VOTE. THE U.S. CONGRESS ( RE: RECENT PLEBISCITE )= THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE ( DURING THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ). MEANING, THE ELITES HAVE A WAY OF HAVING THEIR WAY IRRESPECTIVE OF WHAT A “DEMOCRATIC” SOCIETY WANTS.

    NO. IT NEVER MEANS THAT ( IT’S BEEN JUST A HANDFUL, HISTORICALLY..) ISLANDER PR’S SHOULD EVER STOP FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM. BUT WHAT FREEDOM AND FOR WHOM? NO ONE SEEMS TO ASK THOSE QUESTIONS LOUD ENOUGH. WHY WOULD THE U.S. DENY PR WHAT THEY DON’T DENY TO THEMSELVES..? THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE ISLANDERS HAVE NEVER FOUGHT/SACRIFICED HARD ENOUGH. COLLECTIVELY. DID THEY SERIOUSLY THINK THAT ONE GUY ( ALBIZU CAMPOS ) COULD PULL IT OFF ALL BY HIMSELF? APPARENTLY SO. YES. THE BULLY IS COMMON KNOWLEDGE. THE CORRUPT POLITICIANS ARE COMMON KNOWLEDGE. AND, THE ISLANDERS LACK OF WILL IS ALSO COMMON KNOWLEDGE. BUT, THE ISLANDER’S ARE ALSO THE VARIABLE IN THE EQUATION IF ANYTHING IS EVER GOING TO CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. THE ISLANDERS DON’T SEEM TO HAVE THE COLLECTIVE GUTS THAT SAY THE CUBANS DID DURING THEIR TIME OF CRISIS. WHY DO YOU THINK THE CUBANS ARE GETTING SO MUCH MORE PRESS ATTENTION THAN THE PR’S? BECAUSE THE PR’S ARE “YESTERDAY’S NEWS.” IT’S A SETTLED DEAL IN THE MINDS OF THE ELITES. WHEREAS THE CUBANS HAVE PROVEN THEMSELVES AS FORMIDABLE WARRIORS IN DEFENSE OF THEIR DIGNITY; FREEDOM IN THE CONDUCT OF THEIR WAY OF LIFE, AND THEIR ECONOMY FOR BETTER OR WORSE. BOTTOM LINE: IT’S THEIR COUNTRY. AND BECAUSE OF THE CUBANS’ HISTORY SINCE 1959, THE U.S. ELITES, LIKE THE BULLY YOU DESCRIBE, RESPECTS THAT. DO YOU THINK THAT AFTER YOU GIVE A SCHOOL YARD BULLY A GOOD ASS WHIPPING, THAT HE’S GOING TO TRY IT AGAIN? TO BULLY YOU? USU NOT. HE WANT’S YOU TO BE HIS FRIEND! ( I WOULDN’T WANT TO BE THAT PRICKS’ FRIEND; IF IT WERE ME… ) THAT’S THE MENTALITY OF A BULLY. HE RESPECTS YOU ONLY OUT OF NECESSITY. NOT BECAUSE HE REALLY WANTS TO AND THAT ALL OF THE SUDDEN HE CARES SO MUCH ABOUT YOU. HE’D STILL REALLY LIKE TO KICK YOUR ASS AGAIN. BUT, HE DOESN’T CHANCE IT, BECAUSE YOU’VE ALREADY PROVEN YOURSELF. HENCE THE CUBA/U.S. RELATIONSHIP TODAY; AND ALL THE ATTENTION IT’S BEEN GETTING: I WANNA BE YOUR FRIEND! THE PR’S HAVEN’T PROVEN THEMSELVES. NOT THAT THEY ( OR ANYONE ELSE ) SHOULD HAVE TO. BUT, YOU’RE RIGHT. THEY’RE UP AGAINST A BIG BULLY. AND THAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE TO ALL OF THIS.

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  2. In response to Pepito, December 26, 2016

    Wow. Yes, 118 years. What I see is a defeated people. A people that as long as they are given tidbits they are okay. What happened to the boldness we had when we fought against Spain? In 1950 when we tried fighting for independence again we were bombed. So does that mean we should stop fighting for a freedom that we deserve and are entitled to? Mr. Denis outlines the reasons why Puerto Rico will not be PERMITTED to become the 51st state. So this means that if the Puerto Rican people would want to become the 51st state, the United States would prevent it???? This is so mind-boggling and sickening. It is up to the Puerto Rican people. As long as Puerto Rico is controlled by a Bully, governed by corrupt politicians on the island and the people don’t fight back, it will keep on sinking and sinking. What a sad history is that of my island. I wonder whether I will see the day when it will be free and flourishing.

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  3. RESPONSE TO EVELYN DECEMBER 11, 2016:

    Thanks Evelyn. It’s “well put” if the islander’s can understand allegory/metaphor better than just a standard response. In the case that those of you out there that don’t “get it”… The meaning of my story is: This mayor represents of the many “fake ball” tosses that the U.S. Fed. Govt. has at its disposal. Literally, in this case. There’s a lot of corrupt mayors out there that were allowed to get corrupted for just this very purpose. The purpose you ask? To act as “patsies” or sacrificial lambs that attempt to keep the publics’ eyes off the puppeteers. The shot callers. The REAL bastards that should be drawn and quartered; and then their remains incinerated; to eliminate any chance that any of their DNA could possibly rise up and repeat the same thing. The part when the angry and frustrated dog ( Dog = public ) jumps up and tears the nuts off the guy { Guy = represents the MF’er that not only allowed this corruption to go on; but the guy(s) that actually promoted it. Usu. a large private interest that a U.S. federal govt agency is protecting }. Last point: Any dog with an even tempered disposition would react in the same manner as the dog in the story ( Safe to say 90+ % of all dogs? ). This dog doesn’t have the same constraints placed on him as most humans. Dogs, and other animals usu call the b.s. for what it really is…on the spot. That’s why, in large part, these and other animals aren’t susceptible to the same problems that the mainlander’s/islander’s seem to run in to, as evidenced just about every day on what’s written on this blog. This blog wouldn’t exist if we were all dogs, or chickens for instance. The point is: Who’s not learning from the dog or the chicken? How hard is that?!? Sometimes you’ve got to temporarily put aside the social mores that were imposed upon us to keep us a “civilized” society….To get BACK at being a civilized society, as a civilized society was originally intended. To recognize that some of those social mores were meant to act as constraints to prevent us from acting against a tyrant, so that tyrant ( and people like him whom in the past, came up with these stifling expectations/impositions for us. But, do NOT APPLY TO HIM. ) could have his way at the greater society’s expense. To keep us at a severe disadvantage. If you’ve ever watched a flock of chickens over time, by and large they treat each other with more respect/courtesy than humans do w/each other. When there’s a problem, it’s dealt w/pretty quickly. Most of the time, reasonably. They then go back to “their instinctive social structure” that usu keep things a lot more harmonious between themselves than what we as race have between ourselves. Go figure. Who’s much more easily fooled? The chicken? A dog? Or a human? HINT: 118 yrs…

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  4. I’ll jump up and down when they catch the big fishes. Where’s the beef?

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  5. The ART OF DISTRACTION will continue to work, as long as the public allows it to happen. It’s been working quite well on the mainland as well as on the island. It’s been at the core of the mainlands’ problems as P.R.’s. A dog at least, starts getting it after a while, that after several “fake” tosses of a ball…. it stops going after what’s not there. The dog stays put, knowing that you still have the ball in your possession. In short order, that same dog starts getting angry if you continue with the distracting fake throws. Perhaps getting so mad and frustrated that he takes a bite of your ass or worse, if you’re a really abusive owner. Meaning, the dogs’ calling the B.S. for what it really. And he takes pretty immediate and effective action to stop it. All by himself. No one tells that dog what to do. He knows exactly what to do on his own.

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    Start cleaning up … ‘The mayor of Gurabo, Victor Ortiz Díaz, was arrested by the FBI on December 7 on charges of extortion and soliciting bribes. The mayor may face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.’

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