The six-year prison sentence for Congressman Wilmar Elera It is not the only accusation against him. The Provincial Prosecutor’s Office Specialized in Corruption Crimes of Officials of Piura resolved, in 2018, that the resigning third vice president of the Board of Directors of Congress is guilty of the crime against public faith, in the form of ideological falsehood, to the detriment of the District Municipality of La Unión, in Piura. The Public ministry recommended to Power of attorney that he be imputed sentence of four years and six months of effective deprivation of liberty and 270 days fine.
The story dates back to 2011, when the tender for the work “Rehabilitation of the Drinking Water and Sewage System of the Urban Area of the district of La Unión, province of Piura – Piura” was carried out. From the beginning it was a flawed process.
LThe bases for the contest were manipulated and one of the members of the selection committee is related to the representative of the La Unión Consortium, made up of the Nevado – Salas Asociados SAC Companies, General Services CAR & SAyA.R. and Construcciones Ltda, winner of the contest.
Five councilors from Piura were the perpetrators of the crime. Elera, general supervisor of the work; Zenon Burga, Supervisory Assistant; Jesús Saravia, resident of the work; and Piero Valenzuela, representative of the consortium, are his “primary accomplices”, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.
Elera was the only engineer who applied for the competition to supervise the work. The compensation amounted to S/ 545,162.26for a period of 360 calendar days.
The role of the congressman was fundamental to specify the fault. “The participation of Wilmar Elera is to have made a bad supervision and to have allowed that the Technical File is not complied withbecause he has forged an appreciation as a supervisor of the work, ”he says in the tax file.
According to the document, the facts refer to the payment of S/ 5,225,000 to the contractor companyafter it made a report stating that the work was advanced to 29.83%, which was false.
The land to be worked on was delivered on December 7, 2011, the work began on the 12th of the same month and, by the 15th, the company claimed to have advanced almost 30%, when in fact it had only executed 0.65%, according to a technical report cited by the Prosecutor’s Office.
Elera approved the report and the payment proceeded. According to a witness from the Prosecutor’s Office, just after two years, the work reached such progress. This irregularity was repeated throughout the construction.
In March 2012, the The Defense and Development Front of La Unión denounced these irregularities before the Public Ministry. The report that gave rise to an improper payment, which endorsed the non-compliance with the technical specifications and the stoppage of the work, became the subject of fiscal investigation.
This determined that Elera not only approved a false report: he also turned out to be the owner of the company that won the contest. “The defendant is charged with the commission of the crime of aggravated collusion, since this happens to be the owner of the company that it was the winner of the good pro in the public contest tendered by the District Municipality of La Unión, for the supervision of the work in question; for which he signed the respective contract with the municipal entity, for which he is considered a public official, in accordance with the relationship required by article 425 subsection 3 of the Penal Code”, says the file where he is attributed having defrauded the interests of the municipality.