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Woman gave all her info for PUA check. Gov’t employee who had her case now can’t be found


By John McPhaul

jpmcphaul@gmail.com


A woman complained earlier this week after not receiving the payment from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which she said she requested almost a month ago, that the employee who handled her case at Pedro Rosselló Convention Center in San Juan has disappeared.


According to the complainant, Noemí Díaz, on June 24 she arrived at the Convention Center and claimed the PUA benefit through a technician whom she identified as “Ángel.” The victim said she provided Ángel with all her personal data, including her bank account.


However, after waiting for almost a month and not having received her check and/or deposit, the complainant tried to speak with the technician and allegedly was informed that the PUA office has not known his whereabouts for some time.


The incident was investigated by the police assigned to the Santurce barracks, who took Díaz’s complaint Monday at the Santurce Precinct 266 Barracks.


Meanwhile, police officers assigned to the Barrio Obrero station in San Juan arrested an individual Monday at the Banco Popular branch on Avenida Borinquén after he tried to cash a PUA check using false identification.


According to preliminary information, the man came with a PUA check and presented a false driver’s license while trying to cash it at the aforementioned banking institution.


Subsequently, the individual was arrested on the premises of the bank branch and was issued a summons for a later date to face the relevant charges.


His case passed to the Bank Robbery Division staff to continue the investigation.

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