FEMA Disaster Relief Administrator Arrested: Ahsha Tribble Biography, Wiki, Age, Family, Net Worth, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Fast Facts You Need to Know

Ahsha Tribble Biography

Ahsha Tribble Biography

Ahsha Nateef Tribble is 47 years old former Deputy Regional Administrator at FEMA. She disaster relief administrator was arrested for allegedly taking bribes from a company that landed $1.8 billion to restore electricity to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria in 2017. She was arrested on September 10th.

Ahsha Nateef Tribble Education

Ahsha Tribble did an Executive Education Program in the field of Leadership in Crisis at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government in 2012.

She is a Ph.D. holder in the University of Oklahoma her field of study being Meteorology as from 1999 to 2003. She also did her Masters for the same field in the same institution. Tribble did her undergraduate degree in BS Math/Actuarial Science, Minor Business as from 1988 to 1992.

Ahsha Nateef Tribble FEMA

She has worked for FEMA as from August 2018 as a Deputy Regional Administrator in the Greater New York City. In her Linkedin, she says that from Sept 2017 to Sept 2018, she was deployed to DR-4339-PR (Puerto Rico) as the Energy Sector Chief and Infrastructure Lead.

Ellison also gave a job to a friend of Tribble, Jovanda R. Patterson, who had been FEMA deputy chief of staff in Puerto Rico before resigning in July 2018 to work for Cobra Energy LLC, according to the indictment.

Former FEMA official Patterson was also arrested on a 15-count indictment announced by the U.S attorney’s office in Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

Ahsha Tribble Arrested

Officials arrested Ahsha Nateef Tribble – FEMA’s then-deputy administrator for the region that includes Puerto Rico – and Donald Keith Ellison, the former president of a company called Cobra Acquisitions – because it’s alleged he gave Tribble airline flights, hotel accommodations, personal security services and the use of a credit card.

In return, Tribble ‘used any opportunity she had to benefit Cobra,’ said U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez. That allegedly included accelerating payments to the company and pressuring local power authority officials to award it contracts.

These defendants were supposed to come to Puerto Rico to help during the recovery after the devastation suffered from Hurricane Maria. Instead, they decided to take advantage of the precarious conditions of our electric power grid and engaged in a bribery and honest services wire fraud scheme in order to enrich themselves illegally, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, the US attorney in Puerto Rico, said in a statement.

The charges implied that Tribble, who oversaw the restoration of the island’s electrical system for FEMA, and Ellison were romantically involved and documented how they traveled together and often stayed in the same room between October 2017 and April 2019.

Ahsha Tribble Charges

Tribble was charged with conspiracy to commit bribery based on soliciting and giving items of value to Tribble in order to influence Tribble’s performance of official acts as a FEMA employee.

If found guilty, the trio is facing possible sentences of up to five years for conspiracy, travel act violations, conflict of interest, and false statements and up to 30 years for honest services wire fraud and disaster fraud.

Fast Facts You Need to Know

  • A disaster relief administrator was arrested for allegedly taking bribes from a company that landed $1.8 billion to restore electricity in Puerto Rico
  • FEMA official Ahsha Tribble and Cobra Acquisitions director Donald Ellison  worked to restore electricity on the island following Hurricane Maria in 2017 
  • Officials said Ellison gave Tribble airline flights, hotel stays and a credit card and Tribble in return ‘used any opportunity to benefit Cobra’  
  • Tribble also got a job with Cobra for her friend, Jovanda R. Patterson, who is the third person facing charges