Road damage after Hurricane Maria to coastal Route 3 between Humacao and Naguabo in Puerto Rico. (Andrea Booher/FEMA)

Former Top FEMA Officials Arrested on Fraud Charges in Puerto Rico

Former top FEMA officials who worked in Puerto Rico during the island’s recovery from Hurricane Maria were arrested on Tuesday in a federal corruption investigation. The investigation centers around alleged bribes that secured a $1.8 billion contract to repair Puerto Rico’s damaged electrical grid.

Federal authorities arrested Ahsha Tribble, FEMA’s former deputy regional administrator, who worked in Puerto Rico after the storm, and Donald Keith Ellison, former president of energy company Cobra Acquisitions. Jovanda Patterson, who worked as Tribble’s chief of staff, was also arrested.

The indictment, which was returned by a federal grand jury in the District of Puerto Rico on Tuesday, lists 15 counts of corruption against Tribble, Ellison and Patterson.

Read more at CBS News

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