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More arrests in Peravia Bank case

Another three executives from the bankrupt Peravia Bank handed themselves over to authorities yesterday, 22 June 2015, after the National District public prosecution office had issued arrest warrants for their arrest.

Carlos Serret, vice president; Yesenia Serret, of the administrative board and the bank’s lawyer, Maria Luisa Guzman handed themselves over to the prosecutor’s office.

On 22 June, Jorge Serret, Nelson Cabral and Army Colonel Jesus Acosta Florentino, were also arrested in connection with the case. In addition raids were carried out in Santiago, Puerto Plata and the National District.

Army Colonel Jesus Acosta Florentino had been under investigation and was arrested at the Ministry of Defense in December 2014. Acosta Floretino was the bodyguard of Jose Luis Santoro, top executive of the bank who is thought to have fled to Venezuela when the bank collapsed.

Acosta was arrested previously in December 2014, after President Danilo Medina had sent a note to the Ministry of Defense asking that the complaint filed by a foreign depositor in the bank against him be investigated for death threats to Venezuelan businessman Luis Rios Virla. At the time, the President cited investment and judicial security as the primary reasons for the investigation. Rios accused Acosta of threatening his life after tying Acosta to an attempted kidnapping on 28 October 2014 at the Holiday Inn. However, the security agents of Santoro are said to have participated in the act. In the complaint, the colonel had recommended that Rios reach an agreement with Santoro “because those people are dangerous and there could be trouble.”

Source: DR1, Listindiario

June 23, 2015

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