Caguas offices searched after complaint that assembly leader misused funds
By The Star Staff
Special Investigations Bureau (NIE by its Spanish initials) agents attached to the Public Safety Department executed a search warrant on Monday at Caguas’ Office of Technology & Information and at the municipal assembly.
NIE Commissioner Rafael Freytes Cutrera provided the information, indicating that the search warrant was issued by San Juan Superior Court Judge Maranyelí Colón Requejo related to a joint investigation between the Division of Public Integrity and the Comptroller Affairs of the Justice Department.
“NIE agents along with experts from the Institute of Forensic Sciences (ICF) executed the search warrant,” the NIE commissioner said. “As it is an ongoing investigation, we cannot offer more information.”
Caguas Mayor William Miranda Torres was attending a public activity, and his press office did not answer the phone.
However, the mayor later told reporters that the search warrant came after his office filed a complaint in February related to the irregular use of public equipment by the municipal assembly. The complaint was to the effect that the assembly president, José Ramón Torres, was using a public vehicle for private purposes.
“This comes after a complaint we filed consisting of allegations made by municipal assembly employees,” Miranda Torres said in a televised report. “This was probably over a month ago. I began my agenda [for the day] and then seven NIE vehicles arrived.”
“It is unfair to me, to the people, to see this show of force because we could have provided whatever they are looking for,” the mayor said.