• The San Juan Daily Star

Comptroller establishes new public sector fraud division

By John McPhaul

Comptroller Yesmín M. Valdivieso announced on Monday that the Office of the Comptroller of Puerto Rico (OCPR) has established a Special Investigations Division aimed at investigating possible fraud schemes related to the misuse of public property and funds.

The comptroller said in a written statement that if it is determined that the OCPR has primary jurisdiction over a complaint, the new department will carry out the corresponding analysis to obtain the information and documentation necessary to conclude and make recommendations as quickly and effectively as possible.

“This Division will coordinate collaboration with the entities that receive our referrals or other external entities, in investigations of irregularities, fraud and government corruption,” Valdivieso said.

The division brings together the OCPR’s tax intelligence, digital forensics, investigation and technical support groups.

“At the Comptroller’s Office we develop new methods and ways to fulfill the mission of supervising, with independence and objectivity, the transactions of government entities related to public property and funds,” Valdivieso said. “We request the cooperation of all public officials and employees in providing the information and documents that we request in our investigations.”

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