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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – “Yesterday we announced the Task Force that will be working against the fraud related to Hurricane Irma recovery efforts, and today we are announcing what appears to be the first case in the District of Puerto Rico related to Hurricane Irma’s relief efforts,” said U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez for the District of Puerto Rico.

United States Magistrate Judge Camille Vélez-Rivé authorized a criminal complaint against Philip Freed, charging him with impersonation of a federal law enforcement officer, entering an airport in violation of security requirements, and false statements. The U.S. State Department, Diplomatic Security Services (DSS), with the collaboration of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are in charge of the investigation.

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