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US$43.5M Peravia bank fraud prosecutors want to ‘steal defendants’ money’

Santo Domingo.- The lawyer for several defendants belonging to the Serret family, involved in the failed Banco Peravia fraud of more than RS$2.0 billion (US$43.5 million) on Wednesday said the National District Office of the Prosecutor had sequestered his clients to keep their properties.

Félix Damián Olivares, attorney for the brothers Nelson Serret Sugrañez and Jorge Serret Sugrañez, said the defendants did not embezzle money from the Banco Peravia, so don’t have to return assets, since in his view it was the Venezuelans who are now fugitives who hatched the fraud.

“What has been sought from the talks with the Office of the Prosecutor is to request a sort of rescue, regarding the institutional kidnapping that they are subjected to with nearly two years in prison,” said Olivares.

He said after it had let the Venezuelans escape despite the more than 20 complaints filed, “the prosecutor’s office systematically dismissed them, after letting them escape and pantomiming that they are requesting those people in extradition, when it’s known that they could not be extradited because the Venezuelan Constitution forbids it, the prosecution has sought to fatten itself from the Serret family.”

Olievares said the Serret family doesnot have to return assets or capital because they havenot taken or distracted the money from the Banco Peravia, “what they have been trying to do is to look for their money, the capital they had before selling the bank and the fruit of more than 49 years of work, to literally pay a ransom.”

Source: DT

Jan 1, 2017

Category: DR News |

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