Santo Domingo.- On pages 149,152, and 153, of the accusatory file for corruption in the squid case Several former officials of the past government, the incumbent of the Technical Executing Unit for State Land Titling, Mérido Torres, also appears as one of the main beneficiaries of more than 32 million pesos for expropriation of public land.
The senior leader of the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) aspires to mayor for that political organization in the municipality of Boca Chica, Santo Domingo province.
The document contains some 3,000 pages, details that the official and aspiring mayor for the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM), is the “alleged owner” along with other people of a portion of land in plot 613, of Cadastral District number 32, Boca Chica municipality, Santo Domingo province; covered by title certificate 46572, with a surface area of 168,966.00 square meters, expropriated by decree no. 1159, dated September nineteen (19), 1955.
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According to the list of beneficiaries, which also includes lawyer and economist Ángel Lockward, Torres supposedly received RD$32,065,992.00.
“While the defendant angel lockward Mella received more than one hundred and fifty million Dominican pesos (DOP 150,000,000.00), paid in a personal capacity and through intermediaries, such as the company name Ángel Lockward & Asociados, SRL, Joar Emil Ortiz Hernández, and Mérido de Jesús Torres Espinal, “says the accusation of the prosecuting body.
“These alleged debts were recognized through assignments of credits that do not have a certain date and that had not been notified to the executing institution, that is, to the General Directorate of National Assets, at the time of the preparation and signing of the transaction agreement. However, the receivables of these debts were established in the distribution scheduled for the first payment, up to 80% of their value, ”the file details.
However, in August 2022, one of the official’s lawyers clarified that the list of financial reports headed by Donald Guerrero, in which his name is mentioned, has nothing to do with the institution he currently directs, since they are files carried in his capacity as lawyer from his private office, and before assuming the public function that he performs today.
“Me Mérido Torres, as a lawyer, received in 2018 in my private office the relatives of Mr. Moisés Reyes O Ben and they granted me a power of attorney with which we initiated a lawsuit for fair value against the Dominican State before the Superior Administrative Court ( TSA), and at the end of 2019 we obtained a sentence that ordered the payment to that family”.
The Special Prosecutor’s Office for the Prosecution of Administrative Corruption (Pepca), deposited on Monday night, before the Permanent Attention Office of the National District, the request for a measure of coercion against those arrested in the Operation Squidwhich without part of a corruption network that distracted the Dominican State more than 19 billion pesos.
In the operation, carried out last Saturday, 40 raids were carried out distributed in the National District, Santo Domingo province, San Pedro de Macorís and La Romana, achieving the arrest of 20 people.
Among those arrested are the former Minister of Finance, Donald Guerrero; former administrative minister of the presidency, José Ramón Peralta; former Minister of Public Works Gonzalo Castillo; former Comptroller General of the Republic, Daniel Omar Caamaño; the former director of the State Sugar Council (CEA), Luis Miguel Piccirilo; former director of the National Cadastre, Claudio Silver Peña, the economist Ángel Lockward and the former directors of Casinos and Gambling, Oscar Chalas Guerrero and Julián Omar Fernández.
Also arrested are Roberto Santiago Moquete, Agustín Mejía Ávila, Emir Fernández de Paola, Marcial Reyes, Alejandro Constanzo, Yahaira Brito Encarnación, Ana Linda Fernández, Ángel Lockward, Aldo Antonio Gerbasi, Ramón David Hernández, Víctor Matías Encarnación and Rafael Parmenio Rodríguez Encarnación. .