FBI creates task force to attack gov’t corruption
By The Star Staff
Joseph González, the special agent in charge of the FBI in San Juan, announced Tuesday the creation of a joint task force between federal and state agencies dedicated to cases of government corruption.
“We had never created a working group, or ‘task force,’ to address the issue of corruption in Puerto Rico. Each agency present today has historically handled individuals,” González said at a press conference in which he noted that such task forces have been formed in Puerto Rico for cases involving other types of crimes, including drug trafficking.
He said the task force will be made up of various agencies that, in order to arrive at an allegation of corruption, it can be evaluated at the federal and administrative levels in a coordinated manner.
“The purpose of this initiative is that behavior, whether criminal or negligent, or mere carelessness by public officials, always has consequences,” González added. “The purpose is to work in conjunction with state and federal agencies to use all available tools to address allegations of corruption in a more comprehensive manner. We will join forces to attack corruption from all angles.”