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City government audits expose corruption in office

The Dominican Chamber of Accounts (CCRD), the government entity in charge of auditing government bodies, has handed over the audits of more than 45 town councils that have broken the law, to the Specialized Prosecution Unit for the Pursuit of Corruption (PEPCA).

They include the audits of the city governments of National District, Santo Domingo north and west, Los Alcarrizos, Santiago, la Vega, Puerto Plata, Villa Altagracia, Las Terrenas, La Esperanza, El Limon, Loma de Cabrera, San Francisco de Macoris, Cabarete, Maimon, San Jose de las Matas, Nagua, La Esperanza, la Victoria, Consuelo, Estebania, San Jose de Ocoa, El Pinar, Hato del Yaque, Sabana Grande de Palenque, Guayacanes, Sabana Iglesia, Licey al Medio, El Punal, Los Hidalgos, La Paloma, El Pozo, Las Terrenas, and Samana.

According to the CCRD, the legal violations include misuse of state funds, lack of receipts for expenditure, violating the Purchasing and Contracting Law, and giving money to friends and associates.

CCRD president Licelott Marte de Barrios said that there were also other issues, which she described as “both delicate and dangerous”. She highlighted the fact that the council heads receive hundreds of millions of pesos to provide services to the public and they need to manage this responsibly.

The money they received was 25% for personnel, 31% for maintenance and implementation of municipal services, 40% for infrastructure and 4% for health and education services.

Source: DR1,

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Last updated March 30, 2017 at 10:54 AM
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