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Tue Sep 10, 2019, 01:15 PM

Former FEMA Official Accused of Taking Bribes in Hurricane Maria Recovery

Source: New York Times

Former FEMA Official Accused of Taking Bribes in Hurricane Maria Recovery

By Patricia Mazzei and Frances Robles

Sept. 10, 2019 Updated 12:50 p.m. ET

MIAMI -- A former top administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency was arrested on Tuesday in a major federal corruption investigation that found that the official took bribes from the president of a company that secured $1.8 billion in federal contracts to repair Puerto Rico's shredded electrical grid after Hurricane Maria.

Federal authorities arrested Ahsha Tribble, FEMA's former deputy administrator for the region that includes Puerto Rico, and Donald Keith Ellison, the former president of Cobra Acquisitions, prosecutors in Puerto Rico announced. They were accused of conspiring to defraud the federal government, among other charges.

A second FEMA employee, Jovanda R. Patterson, who worked as a deputy chief of staff in Puerto Rico under Ms. Tribble and was later hired by Cobra, was also arrested, said Rosa Emilia Rodrguez Vlez, the United States attorney for Puerto Rico.

Ms. Tribble and Mr. Ellison had a "close personal relationship," Ms. Rodrguez Vlez said, in which Mr. Ellison lavished Ms. Tribble with gifts in exchange for her to use her influence inside FEMA to give Cobra an advantage.
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Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/10/us/puerto-rico-fema-arrests-corruption.html



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JUST IN: The FEMA official who oversaw the reconstruction of Puerto Rico's electrical grid after Hurricane Maria in 2017 has been arrested in connection with fraud and conspiracy charges.


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mahatmakanejeeves Sep 10 OP
Dennis Donovan Sep 10 #1
50 Shades Of Blue Sep 10 #4
catrose Sep 10 #2
Leghorn21 Sep 10 #3
Igel Sep 10 #7
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riversedge Sep 10 #6
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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 01:19 PM

1. Ahsha Tribble?

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/10/us/puerto-rico-fema-arrests-corruption.html

MIAMI — A former top administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency was arrested on Tuesday in a major federal corruption investigation that found that the official took bribes from the president of a company that secured $1.8 billion in federal contracts to repair Puerto Rico’s shredded electrical grid after Hurricane Maria.

Federal authorities arrested Ahsha Tribble, FEMA’s former deputy administrator for the region that includes Puerto Rico, and Donald Keith Ellison, the former president of Cobra Acquisitions, prosecutors in Puerto Rico announced. They were accused of conspiring to defraud the federal government, among other charges.

A second FEMA employee, Jovanda R. Patterson, who worked as a deputy chief of staff in Puerto Rico under Ms. Tribble and was later hired by Cobra, was also arrested, said Rosa Emilia Rodríguez Vélez, the United States attorney for Puerto Rico.

Ms. Tribble and Mr. Ellison had a “close personal relationship,” Ms. Rodríguez Vélez said, in which Mr. Ellison lavished Ms. Tribble with gifts in exchange for her to use her influence inside FEMA to give Cobra an advantage.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 02:00 PM

4. ROFL! She's in trouble!

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 01:19 PM

2. Damn, I'm tired of the corruption

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 01:27 PM

3. GREAT NEWS

One by one, you scumbuckets

SO happy to hear this, thank you jeeves!!

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Response to Leghorn21 (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 08:07 PM

7. Here's a pic of the "scumbucket."

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Response to Leghorn21 (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 09:28 PM

10. Big problem though, Tribble is an Obama hire, she was one of his Homeland Security Advisers

Ms. Tribble, who holds a doctorate in meteorology, was assigned to Puerto Rico for a year, where she was the agency’s energy sector lead. She was also a Homeland Security adviser during the Obama administration.


and this


President Obama Gets Hurricane Sandy Update
By White House Press Release

https://www.northcom.mil/Newsroom/Article/563654/president-obama-gets-hurricane-sandy-update/



President Barack Obama receives an update on the ongoing response to Hurricane Sandy, in the Situation Room of the White House, Oct. 29 2012. Participating via teleconference, clockwise from top left, are: Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano; FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate; Rick Knabb, Director of the National Hurricane Center; Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood; and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. Pictured, from left, are: Clark Stevens, Assistant Press Secretary; Emmett Beliveau, Director of the Office of the Chief of Staff; John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; Richard Reed, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security; Chuck Donnell, Senior Director for Resilience; Asha Tribble, Senior Director for Response; Chief of Staff Jack Lew; Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations; Press Secretary Jay Carney; and David Agnew, Director for Intergovernmental Affairs.





https://www.fema.gov/ahsha-tribble



Prior to her tenure at DOE, Dr. Tribble served more than three years on the White House National Security Council (NSC) Staff, including interim service as Deputy Homeland Security Advisor; Senior Director for Response; and Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience. She led or supported White House response coordination and operational policy for major disasters including Hurricanes Sandy and Irene; the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster; major flooding on the Mississippi River and in Colorado; numerous tornados; and the deadly West Texas chemical plant explosion. She has traveled with President Obama and Vice President Biden to disaster areas to provide technical support on Federal response activities. Dr. Tribble also led the development Presidential policies for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, National Special Security Events, and Chemical Facilities Safety and Security.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 02:33 PM

5. "federal corruption investigation" means Barr which means a wrist slap or pardon

Depends on how much of a cut trump gets

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 07:15 PM

6. This is good news.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 06:13 AM

8. Excellent

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 09:43 PM

11. And that's the trouble with Tribbles...... nt

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 09:53 PM

12. Lock up every greedy, thieving, corrupt person in government. nt

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