Signs of criminal responsibility and civil and administrative predeterminations established by the Office of the Comptroller General of the State after the special examination carried out on the issuance, placement and payment of Treasury Certificates (Cetes), for the period between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. August 2017 in the Ministry of Finance.
“They derived a set of responsibilities, which today are sanctioned with predeterminations of civil order and administrative order for about $ 22 million, in addition to the indications of criminal responsibility that in this case were sent at the time to the Attorney General,” said the surrogate controller Pablo Celi.
According to the Comptroller’s Office, the Cetes were placed for periods longer than those allowed in the Organic Code of Planning and Public Finances (less than 360 days), were delivered as instruments of payment, which is in contrast with the objective of those operations, which is to obtain resources to finance deficiencies in the fiscal box.
In addition, due to their nature, they are not considered public debt, so they cannot be used to cover debt, increasing obligations with public and private entities.
Also, according to the report, the exchanges and renewals of Cetes did not generate revenue for the fiscal fund and the documentation related to the placement of these was declared as secret.
The indications of criminal responsibility include 28 ex-officers; among them the ex-president Rafael Correa and several of his former ministers, who have a period of 60 days to respond on civil responsibilities and 30 days for administrative ones. The criminal aspect falls on the Office of the Prosecutor. (I)