One year 20 days after her possession (May 14, 2019), the prefect of Pichincha , Paola Pabón, has accumulated: an open criminal process and two investigations for alleged acts of corruption .
On October 14, 2019, she was detained for investigations , being accused by the National Government of being one of the instigators for the violent mobilizations led by the indigenous people, between the 3rd and the 13th of the same month, which ended in looting and destruction of public goods.
Initially, it was investigated for the crime of rebellion, but on December 24 the Prosecutor’s Office reformulated charges and the accusation changed to alleged ignorance of the Constitution and an attempt to overthrow the Government.
Pabón, who was released on December 25, is pending the holding of the preparatory hearing for trial in this case.
Regarding the second case, in February of this year, based on a report by the State Comptroller’s Office , the Prosecutor’s Office initiated another investigation for alleged influence peddling in the signing of a contract in September 2019, with the company Diez Punto Comunicaciones .
The Prefecture would have paid $ 84,000 for a consultancy, so that, supposedly, it helps better communication practices for the officials of the Prefecture.
To these two cases is added the investigation for the purchase of 4,000 body bags and 10,000 rapid tests of covid-19, with alleged surcharge, during the health emergency.
This June 1, it was learned that the perfect Pabón had already been notified by the Pichincha provincial prosecutor , Alberto Santillán, of the beginning of this investigation against him, this time for the alleged crime of embezzlement.
In a virtual press conference, Pabón stated that the Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation process without a single piece of evidence, except for a tweet by the politician Fernando Villavicencio.
According to her, all public procurement processes carried out by the Prefecture are carried out in compliance with legal procedures and she asked that the ” political persecution ” cease . ( I )