Fed’s Dudley Sent Puerto Rico A “Plane Loaded With Cash”

Monday, October 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Oct 9, 2017

n the days following Hurricane Maria’s devastating blow to Puerto Rico, air traffic on the island came to a complete standstill as airport damage prevented commercial pilots from servicing the island. That said, with the island economy grinding to a halt, San Juan International apparently managed to find a way to accept one very important plane…a “jet loaded with an undisclosed amount of cash” from New York Fed president William Dudley. Per Bloomberg:

Less than a week into the massive blackout that followed Hurricane Maria and essentially turned Puerto Rico into a cash-only economy, one top local banker became so concerned about the supply of bills that he called the Federal Reserve.

William Dudley, the New York Fed president, put the word out within minutes, and ultimately a jet loaded with an undisclosed amount of cash landed on the stricken island, according to Richard Carrion, the Popular Inc. executive chairman who made the call. He and Chief Executive Officer Ignacio Alvarez reflected on the chaotic early days of the crisis in an interview Friday at their office in San Juan’s Hato Rey financial district.

“We thought the cash was going to be a problem,” said Carrion, 64, whose bank is the biggest in Puerto Rico by deposits. “The magnitude of this is something we haven’t experienced.” Suzanne Elio, a New York Fed spokeswoman, declined to comment on the money shipment.

The executives described corporate clients’ urgent requests for hundreds of thousands in cash to meet payrolls, and the challenge of finding enough armored cars to satisfy endless demand at ATMs. Such were the days after Maria devastated the U.S. territory last month, killing 39 people, crushing buildings and wiping out the island’s energy grid. As early as the day after the storm, the Fed began working to get money onto the island, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be named discussing the Fed’s preparations.

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One Response to “Fed’s Dudley Sent Puerto Rico A “Plane Loaded With Cash””

  1. D

    “If”, and I say “if” this article is true, then this latest act of American heroics is B.S. It’s B.S. for two reasons:
    1) because our American middle class continues to be financially raped, and
    2) Puerto Rico isn’t even part of the U.S. They’re a foreign country who likes to pretend they are a part of the U.S. as the 51st State.

    Yes, while helping others should be done, the Bible says if you don’t care for your own first, you’re worse then an infidel.


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