The victims were seniors. For five years, their personal data was used by a criminal network that, on their behalf, charged the Human Development Bond (USD 50 monthly). In Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, collections were made in non-banking correspondents.
Non-banking correspondents are a kind of extensions of private banks and operate in stores, pharmacies, cybercafés or stores. The transactions carried out with the ID numbers and the date of birth of the beneficiaries were made between 2013 and 2017.
Seven people who were part of this criminal network are accused of capturing that money. They used the identity of elderly people living in rural areas of five provinces of the coast and the highlands.
The Bono is an incentive the State gives to mothers, seniors, and people with disabilities, through the Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion (MIES).
The investigations of the Unit of Management and Internal Security of the Presidency reveal that in five years the damage to the State amounts to 8 million. (I)