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Commentary: Puerto Rico Fiscal Board takes extraordinary steps to preserve legacy of corruption and theft
Published on June 15, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Richard Lawless

It is no secret to anyone that the Puerto Rico Fiscal Board was intentionally comprised of individuals that contributed much to Puerto Rico’s financial collapse. With an alleged unspoken agreement that the Department of Justice will neither investigate nor prosecute those responsible, the Board can act with impunity to preserve the status quo.

Richard Lawless is a former senior banker who has specialized in evaluating and granting debt for over 25 years. He has a Master’s Degree in Finance from the University of San Diego and Bachelor’s Degree from Pepperdine University. He sits on several corporate boards and actively writes for several finance publications. Reference material is available at .
Nothing illustrates this better than the Board’s refusal to approve the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority's (PREPA) voluntary agreement with its creditors.

PREPA is the goose that lays the golden eggs. It is the one government entity where allegedly hundreds of millions of dollars go unaccounted for every year. It was not enough that PREPA could allegedly issue fraudulent bonds with immunity. The board senses an opportunity to steal even more funds from the innocent bondholders and do away with the new internal controls that the current settlement agreement requires.

PREPA is the only entity that has reluctantly negotiated a settlement with its bond holders and the Fiscal Board will have none of it.
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