Posted On 10 Jan 2017
The president pointed to two suspects. The IRS speaks of unwarranted millionaire transfers. Mauro Terán’s defense attorney criticizes the legal process.
The government is trying to distance itself from the case of alleged corruption related to the Brazilian company Odebrecht.
Although the US Department of Justice’s report assures that government officials would have received $ 33.5 million in bribes between 2007 and 2016, official statements go another way.
Starting with President Rafael Correa. He mentioned two suspects on Twitter: Mauro Teran, an alleged adviser to the mayor of Quito, Mauricio Rodas, and a “Tungurahua legislator candidate.”
In both cases, he spoke of millionaire movements in their accounts. Teran, arrested on Friday, “has had millionaire deposits in his accounts, without paying taxes the IRS.” Deposits that, he added, coincide with the dates of the awarding of the Quito Metro.
It was his only argument. But Leonardo Orlando, director of the Internal Revenue Service, reinforced this thesis. He insisted that the detainee has millionaire unjustified deposits. Between 2010 and 2016, for example, he does not register revenues but has movements for 6.4 million. Of these, only between 2014 and 2016, were 5.5 million.
What is the link with the Metro? “Justice will determine whether or not he has a participation,” Orlando replied. But insisted that Terán “would have a high-level participation despite not being a civil servant, or receiving a salary.”
The Assembly also places its attention on the capital city hall, as Maria Jose Carrion stated on Saturday. The official explained that they would investigate the contract in Quito because “municipal officials accepted that the negotiation with Odebrecht would have been informal.”