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Prison time for Customs’ employees accused of money laundering

SANTIAGO. The Appellate Court of the Fourth Criminal Court of Appeals district court confirmed the extent of coercion to 12 months imprisonment against nine people, including eight employees of the Directorate General of Customs in the Cibao International Airport, on accusation of theft and money laundering, introduced a suitcase full of US dollars came via air terminal.
Out of total amount of money involved in the case, the authorities were able to recover only US$136, 575.
The prevented must meet one year’s imprisonment in different jails of the province, are the captain of the Army of the Dominican Republic Ejército Nacional de la República Dominicana Domingo Antonio Pilarte Jiménez, Luz Carolina Infante, Ramón Hipólito Henríquez, Benito Henríquez Tejada, Marcos Daniel Felipe González, Mairelin Rodríguez Batista, Leovigildo Ubiera, Nery del Carmen Correa y la pasajera que trajo la maleta con el dinero, Rosairy Mercedes Quezada.
The judges who ratified the decision of the judge of the Office of Permanent Services dictate one year imprisonment as a coercive measure the defendants were Francisca García de Fadull, presidenta; Brunilda Castillo de Gómez e Wilson Moreta Tremols.
In the end of June this year, Rosairy Mercedes Quezada entered the terminal of Cibao International Airport on a flight of Jet Blue, from her there was confiscated a suitcase containing an undisclosed amount of money.
After the count, she signed a document which stated the amount of $ 136 575, but authorities claimed that it was more money about 292 thousand dollars.
The Directorate General of Customs filed a formal complaint and grievance case on 7 July, when investigations began performing. That’s when employees of Customs were arrested and later a security camera video was revealed showing the process of division of the money.

Source: DiarioLibre

August 4, 2015

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