Thursday, August 2, 2018

How did Natalie Jaresko end up directing the PROMESA Federal Control Board in Puerto Rico?

Will someone explain to us, US citizens in Puerto Rico, how did Natalie Jaresko end up directing the PROMESA Federal Control Board in poverty ridden and bankrupt Puerto Rico? 
Who placed her there? Why her  
Don't we have excellent other people in the US who also qualified for that job? 
Any similarities between PR and what happened in Ukraine? 
Phony ‘Corruption’ Excuse for Ukraine Coup  

"There was, for instance, the case of Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko, who was regarded by many pundits as the face of Ukraine’s reform before departing last April after losing out in a power struggle.
Yet, Jaresko was hardly a paragon of reform. Prior to getting instant Ukrainian citizenship and becoming Finance Minister in December 2014, she was a former U.S. diplomat who had been entrusted to run a $150 million U.S.-taxpayer-funded program to help jump-start an investment economy in Ukraine and Moldova.

Jaresko’s compensation was capped at $150,000 a year, a salary that many Americans – let alone Ukrainians – would envy, but it was not enough for her. So, she engaged in a variety of maneuvers to evade the cap and enrich herself by claiming millions of dollars in bonuses and fees.
"Ultimately, Jaresko was collecting more than $2 million a year after she shifted management of the Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF) to her own private company, Horizon Capital, and arranged to get lucrative bonuses when selling off investments, even as the overall WNISEF fund was losing money, according to official records.

Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko.
Ukraine’s former Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko.
For instance, Jaresko collected $1.77 million in bonuses in 2013, according to a WNISEF filing with the Internal Revenue Service. In her financial disclosure forms with the Ukrainian government, she reported earning $2.66 million in 2013 and $2.05 million in 2014, thus amassing a sizeable personal fortune while investing U.S. taxpayers’ money supposedly to benefit the Ukrainian people.

It didn’t matter that WNISEF continued to hemorrhage money, shrinking from its original $150 million to $89.8 million in the 2013 tax year, according to the IRS filing. WNISEF reported that the bonuses to Jaresko and other corporate officers were based on “successful” exits from some investments even if the overall fund was losing money.

Though Jaresko’s enrichment schemes were documented by IRS and other official filings, the mainstream U.S. media turned a blind eye to this history, all the better to pretend that Ukraine’s “reform” process was in good hands. [See’s “How Ukraine’s Finance Minister Got Rich.”]

Ukraine Has Opened Pandora’s Database of Corruption
But declaring billions of dollars in wines, watches, and tickets to outer space isn’t going to win the public’s love — or the West’s trust.
"Yet, Ukraine is a country beset by widespread poverty, made worse by the post-coup neoliberal “reforms” slashing pensions, making old people work longer and reducing heating subsidies for common citizens. The average Ukrainian salary is only $214 a month."

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