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Puerto Rico, which is the e-mail is a phishing scam, loses $2.6 M, an official said

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The Puerto Rican government, and a net loss of $2.6 million, in an e-mail to be a phishing scam, according to a government official.

Ruben Rivera, the finance director of the island’s Industrial Development, the Company said in court papers filed Wednesday that the agency has sent funds to a fraudulent account in Feb. 17.

The money was paid after receiving an e-mail to the effect of a change in a bank account tied to the transfer of payments, according to police. It was not clear whether the government would be able to get back the lost money.

The loss comes as the U.S. territory is still trying to recover from a 13-year-old recession, which has forced the island to initiate tough austerity measures, as well as a series of earthquakes that devastated the island. Puerto Rico, which is still in the midst of trying to recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria-damaged a lot of buildings by 2017, and prompted the exodus of many of Puerto Ricans to the continental united states. not long after.

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Democrats have blasted the Trumpet, accounting for property, up from $18 billion in emergency aid to the island. The administration said last month it would release the $8.3 billion of which is held by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regarding the concerns that it would not be well-spent.

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On Wednesday, Democrats on the House Budget Committee, is accused by the Office of Management and Budget, and the appearance of the HUD to give you the money, Roll Call reported.

“We don’t want you to lose money, and we want to really help the people of Puerto Rico, and we want to make sure that they are not all in one lump sum, and it overwhelms their system, where they had a governor who had to resign for corruption,” said Russell Vought, the budget of the office chief, who is referred to in the dismissal of Ricardo Rosselló, last year, after weeks of protests.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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