The list of former officials cited for corruption continues to grow

Former officials, relatives and friends of Danilo Medina’s past government and leaders of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) have been questioned about their performance in public administration and the origin of their assets. .

In recent months, many former officials from the last PLD administration have had to go to the Attorney General’s office more than once, although they have not been submitted to the judiciary since the beginning of December.

On that day, 11 people, including former officials, relatives and friends of the Medina government, were arrested, in a corruption file baptized as “Operation Antipulbo”, brought to justice and are currently serving a variety of coercion, some of which are in custody in Najayo and others, immigration.

Authorities did not provide much details about the illegal activities due to those being investigated by representatives of the Special Advocate General (PEPCA) for harassing administrative corruption and the National Directorate of Harassment of the Ministry of Public Works.

In general, they limit themselves to mentioning offenses in certain cases involving administrative corruption, including fraud, fraud, money laundering, the Confederation of Criminals, the Coalition of Officials, lying in public documents and fraud in affidavits. Assets provided by them in the Chamber of Accounts.

When you come to the headquarters of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) where investigations are carried out, there are usually not many people being questioned, some want to be quiet, while others are very brief when asked about the reason for the summons.

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Last questioned, last Thursday, was Carlos Amarante Barrett, a former director of education and former minister of interior and police in the previous government, when asked about the reasons for the summons, saying, “I will refer to the subject later.” They are part of a series of cases in which former finance minister Donald Guerrero and former Reserve Bank general manager Simon Lizardo Mesquida have been briefed by the public ministry on the reasons for the investigation.

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In a press release issued on February 9, the lawsuit against PGR, Guerrero and Lizardo was part of a public complaint filed by Budget Director Jose Rizzo Prespot about the alleged improper payment to contractors at the last stage. Danilo Medina (2012-2020) at about 21,000 million pesos.

According to the PGR, that amount included 11,000 million pesos and then the hot asphalt concrete hired by the Ministry of Public Works Gonzalo Castillo for the road-laying project.

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Former director of OPRET, Diantino Pena; Former Economy Minister Juan DeMostocles Montes; Senator Felix Batista; Vice President Rodamas Camacho, Pastor Rosie Guzmn Sanchez for allegedly having links with Maj. Gen. Adams Koceros, the commander of the military aides of the former President of Medina. Others include President Medina’s aide, Robert de la Cruz; Iris Cuba, former director of the president’s social program.

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