RD$47 million seized in Santiago nightclub
El Caribe reports the seizure of RD$47 million from the Venezuelan owners of the Casa Blanca nightclub in Santiago. Attorney General Office prosecutors are accusing three Venezuelans of asset laundering and people trafficking. During a raid on the brothel the suspects were found in possession of RD$11 million and US$800,000 in cash for around RD$47 million. Santiago judge Ingrid Liberato ordered 18 months of pre-trial custody for three of the five suspects. She ordered the owner of the establishment, Juan Fernandez, and Grismelda Acarilis Merejo and Jolvert Jose Ramirez, to serve time in jail, while two others, Magdalena Batista and Jairo Carrera Castillo were allowed to post a RD$2 million bail.
The nightclub, which is located on the Santiago-Licey road, was raided on Friday, 6 May 2016. Prosecutors say that 40 Venezuelan women and five Colombian women were present at the time of the raid. The raid followed a six-month investigation that detected a network that recruited women in Venezuela and Colombia for commercial sexual exploitation in the DR. Prosecutor Luisa Liranzo says that they are investigating the use of money generated from illicit activities for the nightclub’s operations.
May 9, 2016
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