[News] Goldman Sachs steals $1.25 BILLION from Puerto Rico…and uses two “governors” to cover it up

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Wed Dec 7 12:13:27 EST 2016


  Goldman Sachs steals $1.25 BILLION from Puerto Rico…and uses two
  “governors” to cover it up

December 7, 2016

Puerto Rico has become the Wild West of Wall Street fraud, with the 
island’s politicians guiding the robbers. The latest scam – netting more 
than one billion dollars – was engineered by Goldman Sachs and executed 
by two governors from BOTH political parties: Alejandro Garcia Padilla 
(PPD) and Luis Fortuño (PNP).

They used the island’s most profitable highway, PR-22, in order to steal 
$1.25 billion dollars. Here is how…

PR-22, aka José de Diego Expressay, is 51 miles long. It runs from 
Santurce to Hatillo, passes through San Juan, and is the island’s 
busiest highway 
Every day, more vehicles pass through PR-22, than any other road in 
Puerto Rico.

The annual toll revenues from PR-22 are $85 million.

In 2011, Luis Fortuño turned PR-22 into a “public private partnership” 
(aka “P3”) with Goldman Sachs 
<http://caribbeanbusiness.com/fortuno-named-to-abertis-board/> and a 
Spanish corporation named Abertis.

This P3 gave Goldman Sachs and Abertis a 40-year lease 
on PR-22 and PR-5, for which they would receive 50% of the toll revenues 
(roughly $1.8 billion) in exchange for a $1.4 billion investment, for a 
profit of approximately $400 million.


The ROI (return on investment) on this deal seemed reasonable…but now in 
2016, the deal suddenly changed.

In the immortal words of Johnny Guitar Watson, “Somebody doing something 

Five years into the deal, in April 2016, Gov. Garcia Padilla quietly 
altered the initial contract.


Under the new terms 
<http://caribbeanbusiness.com/fortuno-named-to-abertis-board/>, in 
exchange for an additional investment of only $115 million, the governor 
decreased the island’s revenue share on PR-22 from 50% to 25%, /and 
/extended the lease term for an additional 10 years.

So for 35 years, Goldman/Abertis will receive an additional 25% annually…


For 10 new additional years, they will receive 75% of 85 million.

The math works out like this:

25% additional of $85 million per year x 35 years = 21 x 35 = $735 million


75% of 85 million x 10 years = 63 x 10 = $630 million

The total added revenue is thus $1,365,000,000 ($1.365 billion), on an 
investment of $115 million…for a new, additional profit of *$1.25 BILLION*.

Did you hear about this?

I certainly didn’t.

Somebody doing something slick…downtown.


Now eight months later, in December, a little news item emerges in 
/Caribbean Business. / Luis Fortuño was just named onto the _board of 
directors of Abertis_ 
<http://caribbeanbusiness.com/fortuno-named-to-abertis-board/>, because 
it wants “independent directors on its board…seasoned experts with a 
variety of professional profiles.”

Fortuño is certainly seasoned.

He marinated himself in public debt, during his brief stint as governor, 
by “borrowing” $16 billion 
<http://caribbeanbusiness.com/the-sinking-of-the-gdb/> from Wall Street. 
In just 4 years, Fortuño “borrowed” more money from Wall Street, than 
any other governor in Puerto Rican history.

$9 billion 
of that money was spent on “private contracts 
which, to this day, have not been accounted for.

So at the /precise /moment that a new *$1.25 billion scam* goes public, 
one of the key players hires Fortuño for a “board membership” that will 
provide elegant vacations to Spain for Fortuño’s family, and hefty board 
fees to Fortuño.

Fortuño is being bribed – some would say “hired” – to provide Abertis 
and Goldman Sachs some additional influence over the Financial Control 
Board (FCB), which is supposed to “investigate” these questionable deals.


Puerto Rico allegedly “owes” $72 billion, and the FCB was allegedly 
created to help them pay it.

One of the best ways to do this is to investigate, annul and even 
/prosecute /any questionable deals which provide extraordinary and 
unexplainable profits to a few individuals and private entities, at the 
expense of the entire Commonwealth.

If the FCB does not investigate and prosecute this *$1.25 billion scam* 
which involves a foreign corporation, a US investment bank, two 
governors and both major parties in Puerto Rico, then the FBI and the US 
Justice Department should step in…and investigate the FCB, as well.

They can start by using the RICO statute 

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