7 union leaders are sentenced for embezzlement against MITRADEL; failed to support the use of more than $261 thousand discounted to workers

The First Settlement Court of Criminal Cases, issued on the night of this Thursday, November 24, a sentence of 60 months in prison for seven union leaders, as perpetrators of the crime of Against the Public Administration in the modality of different forms of embezzlement to the detriment of the Ministry of Labor and Labor Development (MITRADEL).

These are the trade unionists Mariano Enrique Mena Quintana, Gabriel Edwin Castillo Coba, Armando Enrique Rangel Gordón, Guillermo Puga Rodríguez, Elberto Luis Cobo Rodríguez, Víctor Manuel Torres De León and Aniano Pinzón Real, who also received an accessory penalty of disqualification for the exercise of public functions for the same term as the prison sentence imposed, which will begin once the main sanction has been served.

According to the Public Ministry, this investigation began after a complaint filed by the former labor minister Alma Cortés on April 21, 2010, stating that the Institute of Labor Studies, which is a unit attached to the Ministry of Labor and Labor Development, delivered large sums of money to the confederate trade unions, without having presented reports on the use of the money from the Educational Insurance discounting the country’s workers.

It was learned that in the report of the Comptroller General of the Republic, inconsistencies and expenses were found for purposes other than what is established in the Decree that regulates Educational Insurance, without the union leaders being able to support the amount greater than B/.261,000.00 .

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