Puerto Rico Treasury, FBI seeking to establish collaboration agreements
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Treasury Secretary Raúl Maldonado met with the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Puerto Rico, Douglas Leff, to continue negotiations to establish collaborative agreements between the federal agency and the state agency as established in the public policy of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.
The secretary said the exchange with Leff prioritized the creation of a task force on the use of federal funds destined for the reconstruction of Puerto Rico.
“The commitment of the Department remains firm in identifying new strategies aimed at promoting the transformation that the times require. These meetings are part of the effort to obtain more resources and tools for the Treasury,” the secretary said in a written statement.
Maldonado said the meeting with Leff is one of the first between his department and other federal agencies in order to strengthen relations and produce agreements that, among other things, facilitate the recovery of Puerto Rico after the passage of Hurricane María
The secretary explained that what is sought from the collaboration with the FBI is that Treasury agents receive specialized education in the detection of crimes related to the misappropriation of funds, fraud, extortion and others.
Maldonado stressed that Treasury has agents in various task forces with federal agencies of law and order such as the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Transportaion Security Administration.
“The talent and skills of our Treasury colleagues are well recognized. The FBI recognizes the initiative of Secretary Maldonado Gautier to develop new and cutting-edge techniques to face these difficult challenges,” Leff adds in the release.