Wilson Camacho: Estado recuperará RD$200 millones en bienes tras acuerdos con imputados caso Antipulpo

Wilson Camacho: State will recover RD$200 million in assets after agreements with defendants in the Antipulpo case

SANTO DOMINGO.- Assistant Attorney General Wilson Camacho highlighted this Monday that with the agreements between the Public Ministry and four of those accused of administrative corruption in the Anti-Pulpo Case, the State will recover more than 200 million pesos in assets.

“There are several things here that need to be highlighted: First, four agreements were filed with the court. These agreements consist of a criterion of opportunity, a conditional suspension of the procedure and two abbreviated criminal procedures,” said the head of the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office for the Prosecution of Administrative Corruption (Pepca).

“With these agreements, the State recovers more than 200 million pesos in assets that are confiscated as a result of them, personal property, real estate and cash,” he stressed.

Camacho, who led the team that represented the Public Ministry in the preliminary hearing that is known in the Seventh Court of Instruction of the National District, highlighted the importance of the agreements.

“It is the first time, even according to our data, that in a corruption case of this nature and in the preliminary hearing, a natural person, that is, that it is not a company, a natural person admits the facts of the accusation and agreement with the Public Ministry”.

He assured that it is a transcendent issue within this process, which evidently confirms the forcefulness and strength of the accusation of the Public Ministry.

“Now then, and in relation to the second point, the accusation of the Public Ministry and in relation to Oisoe (Office of Engineers Supervisors of State Works), the bribery routes were various, and those are described in the accusation, and allow proving how the defendant Francisco Pagán acquired money illegally, with which he acquired assets that he delivered to the Public Ministry and are subject to confiscation”, he said.

“In relation to the rest, including the defendant Alexis Medina, it must be remembered that he acted directly through his companies and through other people who were part of his network,” he specified.

He stated that the Public Ministry at the time of the reply is going to explain or remind the court how this network of corruption operated in the Oisoe and how the accusation of the Public Ministry is not only true in relation to these four defendants who have agreed, but also, which is true in each and every one of the points that the Public Ministry has presented in this accusation.

The head of the anti-corruption body produced his statements in response to questions from journalists from various media outlets who approached him as he left the court.

The Public Ministry highlighted in a press release that the agreements were made with Julián Esteban Suriel Suazo, Francisco Pagán, Lewin Ariel Castillo and Domingo Antonio Santiago.

When responding to the press, he said that everything that is not part of this process is a matter subject to investigation and that the Public Ministry will present it to the courts in due course to the extent that it has the evidence for it.

Camacho represented the Public Ministry together with the Pepca Litigation Coordinator, Mirna Ortiz, as well as prosecutors Elizabeth Paredes, Ernesto Guzmán Alberto, Yoneiby González and José Miguel Marmolejos.

Judge Deiby Timoteo Peguero postponed the hearing for this Wednesday, January 18, starting at 2:00 in the afternoon, where the Public Ministry will initiate the counter-reply.

On January 19, the hearing will be held from 2:00 in the afternoon and on Friday, January 20 at 9:00 in the morning.

For reasons of space, the hearing was held in the courtroom of the Third Collegiate Court of the National District.

The process for administrative corruption is ongoing against Juan Alexis Medina Sánchez and Carmen Magalys Medina Sánchez, former vice president of the Patrimonial Fund for Reformed Companies (Fonper), both brothers of former president Danilo Medina Sánchez, as well as 27 other individuals and 21 companies that They face charges of corruption and money laundering.

Also involved are the former president of Fonper Fernando Rosa; the former Minister of Public Health Lorenzo Wilfredo (Freddy) Hidalgo Núñez; José Dolores Santana Carmona and Wacal Bernabé Méndez Pineda, as well as Francisco Pagán Rodríguez, former general director of the former Office of State Works Supervising Engineers (Oisoe), and the former inspector of that institution Aquiles Alejandro Christopher Sánchez.

The accusation in the case presented by Pepca and the General Directorate of Persecution of the Public Ministry also includes Julián Esteban Suriel Suazo, the former Comptroller General Rafael Antonio Germosén Andújar and Domingo Antonio Santiago Muñoz.

Likewise, Carlos Martín Montes de Oca Vásquez and Paola Mercedes Molina Suazo are involved.

The criminal prosecution body also filed charges against the legal entities General Supply Corporation SRL, Domedical Supply SRL, Fuel América Inc. Dominicana SRL, and Globus Electrical SRL, among others.

Of Juan Alexis Medina Sánchez, the main defendant, the file establishes that he created a corporate framework and, using influence peddling, being the brother of the former President of the Republic Danilo Medina Sánchez (constitutional periods 2012-2016, 2016-2020), made a group of fraudulent maneuvers, in association with officials.

He points out that he was awarded to his name, as well as to third parties, works, goods and services of the State, operating as organized crime.

The criminal offenses incurred by the defendants include criminal association, fraud against the State, embezzlement, complicity in embezzlement, active and passive bribery, and use of false documents, as well as illicit financing of political campaigns, influence peddling, and money laundering. .

Also, coalition of officials, concussion, influence peddling and falsehood in public deed, as well as falsification and omission in the affidavit, illicit enrichment, prevarication, use of front names and front men.

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