Loan sharks from the government agency flew in a chopper for money extortions
Santo Domingo.- The group of alleged loan sharks headed by Alejandro de los Santos, School Buildings director of the State Works Supervisory Engineers Office (OISOE), flew on a helicopter to extort contractors in various towns.
The revelation came Wednesday by prosecutors to judge Jose Alejandro Vargas against Yoel Soriano and Juan Julio Pérez.
The prosecutors told the court the defendants carried cash in the helicopter to extort contractors, with school buildings and clinics the preferred projects to take over the works won by the builders in raffles.
Prior to taking over the construction, the defendants allegedly hired their own electrical, plumbing, flooring and landscaping subcontractors in the projects.
Civil engineer Alfredo Dario George, contracted to build a school in Nagua (north), said Juan Reyes went to the site in August last year, and offered to front all materials needed to finish the work.
“One month later a commission headed by Alejandro de los Santos, Juan Reyes, Bienvenido Languasco, an engineer named Amparo, and others who weren’t unidentified came in a helicopter to see the project “and each expressed to me that they would help me finish the school that was already in the program of inaugurals for that month,” George said.
Under pressure and blackmail he yielded to his proposal so he proceeded to make a list of all materials needed to finish school, leaving them the engineer Juan Reyes to supervise the work.
He said 15 days after that Zapata told him that the work needs to be sped up, took full control of the work, “doing a mediocre, a bungled job.”
He said the situation prompted him to call an engineer in the Education Ministry named Pineda who told him to send the explanation by email.
“Pineda replied that it was my (George´s) right to take the group off the site, so I decided to paralyze it by placing two trucks at the gate to keep the OISOE ´”commissioners” out, but later told him to “work it out” with de los Santos.
Oct 8, 2015
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