GEO investigation finds no wrongdoing by WIPR president
By The Star Staff
Government Ethics Office (GEO) Executive Director Luis Pérez Vargas announced on Wednesday that attorneys from the GEO’s Investigations and Administrative Processing Area (AIPA) completed the investigation into Eric Delgado Santiago, president of the Puerto Rico Corporation for Public Broadcasting (WIPR Channel 6), and found no wrongdoing.
“The Office’s lawyers evaluated a statement received in October 2019 and the referral of the Office of the Special Independent Prosecutor Panel, in August 2021, that alleged Delgado Santiago had asked auditors from the Office of the Comptroller of Puerto Rico (OCPR) -- who were conducting an audit at the Corporation -- to investigate a contract authorized by former President Rafael Batista Cruz, and that in exchange, he would offer … a position on Channel 6,” the GEO executive director said in a written statement.
As part of the investigation conducted by Ana Cruz Oliver out of the GEO AIPA, the agency interviewed the comptroller auditors involved in the incident.
“Both declared under oath that they did not receive job offers from the president of Channel 6, nor was it mentioned that the offer would be in exchange for a favorable result in the audit they carried out on Channel 6,” Pérez Vargas said.
Likewise, they denied that Delgado Santiago asked one of them to carry out specific audits against former President Rafael Batista Cruz.
The GEO executive director added that with the completion of the investigation, no evidence to support the allegations against the Channel 6 president has been found, so the investigation is archived.