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"They Did It Behind My Back"

The corruption case brought against Puerto Rico’s ex governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá may just end with this statement famously made by ex Colombian President…

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May 17th, 2022

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The corruption case brought against Puerto Rico’s ex governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá may just end with this statement famously made by ex Colombian President Ernesto Samper.

Throughout his four years in office the Colombian President Samper had to defend himself from charges of having accepted drug cartel monies for his presidential campaign, at the end the result was a simple, and now famous, statement: “If there was money from the drug cartels funding my presidential campaign, they did it behind my back”.  As a result, he never went to jail.

The same could happen in Puerto Rico where the testimonies of other accomplices and also by some relatives of ex Governor Acevedo confirmed that in deed monies were irregularly elicited for two of his campaigns.

One of them explained in detail how he collected at a hotel in Philadelphia funds from his own employees.  Beforehand, the employees and the contributor, both knew the money would be reimbursed.  Many of those implicated entered a guilty plea for fraudulent financing of campaigns throughout a trial, for which the jury will begin its deliberations on March 20.

Nevertheless the big fish in this case is the ex governor himself, and what is left to determine is whether he knew of these irregularities or not.

For the time being, per an ex treasurer of his, Mr. Ramon Velasco, ex governor Acevedo did know.

The same issue of being aware or not of irregularities was raised this week regarding the scandal of the bonus payments in bankrupt AIG.   Did Timothy Geithner and Ben Bernanke know of such excesses beforehand?

This is truly the shameless game called justice, rather injustice.  It is quite evident too that even if justice is served, taxpayers will loose anyway.

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Now we learned that ex-state senator Fumo might be sentenced for life next week, and that same week Philadelphia Mayor Nutter will try not to shock taxpayers with what is in store for them in the new proposed budget.

That which has been stolen, will remain stolen, so we cannot even begin daydreaming with Vincent Fumo returning some of the money and by doing so somewhat alleviate the tax increase looming ahead for all Philadelphians.

There is public outrage due to the infamous AIG bonuses, still taxpayers will not recover those monies, and what is worse is that politicians both in Congress and in government are wasting their time instead of protecting the citizens that elected them into office.

Under this light it won’t serve any useful purpose to establish whether Puerto Rico’s ex governor, and others in public office for that matter, are aware of any irregularities regarding the process that brought them into power. 

The motto today of corrupt politicians and bankers seems to be “It all happened behind my back. I am just but an innocent bystander”.

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