Recovering embezzled money is not only desirable, but also a state obligation imposed by the UN. But in Ecuador, the elements to ensure that the plundering of the corruption plot, sponsored by Odebrecht, is fully reimbursed. The country needs external assistance.
There are no experienced forensic auditors in the country who can draw the map of paid transfers to public officials guaranteeing lucrative contracts with the state. Furthermore, the case deals with five pitfalls, common in corruption networks, that make it difficult to track the bribes. President Lenin Moreno suggested hiring expert international auditing companies.
“I have never heard of a specific case where the amounts that have potentially been stolen or that are dispersed in the local or international financial system are brought back. I do not know if it is due to impunity or lack of cooperation. In Brazil, for example, these amounts have been recovered through fines and penalties,” explains Fernando Cevallos, partner of Forensic Services of the renowned multinational Deloitte. (I)