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Rep. Charbonier Demands Ouster of Family Secretary

By on March 14, 2016

SAN JUAN – New Progressive Party (NPP) Rep. María Milagros Charbonier has called for the resignation of Family Department Secretary Idalia Colón allegedly for poor management of the agency, including the “waste of public funds in the Socioeconomic Development of the Family Administration [Adsef by its Spanish acronym], among others,” the legislator said.

“Apparently every day we hear about a new controversy at the Family Department. It is obvious the secretary does not have control of that agency and given that scenario, it is recommended she leave her position and allow a person with the ability and desire to serve our people to take charge,” Charbonier said in a statement Monday.

According to the release, the call for Colón’s resignation follows multiple events, among which it highlights that Adsef Administrator Marta Elsa Fernández “authorized spending thousands of dollars in public funds for ‘luxury’ meals” and the remodeling of her administrative offices.

In addition, the release says, it was revealed Monday morning that an employee of the Childhood Care and Integrated Development Administration (Acuden by its Spanish acronym) is under investigation for misappropriation of public funds and that the investigation “has been blocked” by the secretary’s office.

“We want to know what has happened with the case of Mrs. Edna Soto, who is accused of misappropriating public funds and whom the secretary is trying to save. We have several questions the secretary has to answer,” the politician stated. “We want to see the results of this investigation as soon as possible and that appropriate action is taken,” she concluded.

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