Under Scrutiny. The Anti-Corruption Secretariat placed the administration of the La Clementina estate on its radar, seized during the administration of former President Rafael Correa for tax debt and whose 1,900 employees agreed to buy it through a $ 78.9 million loan from the Finance Corporation National (CFN). Secretary Dora Ordonez today, December 10, 2019 at a press conference in Guayaquil, reported that 60 days ago she received a complaint that would reveal alleged irregular acts of the administrator of the hacienca in charge of the company Koval, of Russian capital, and a person allegedly involved.
Secretary Ordonez said that the complete file with the complaint will be brought to the Prosecutor’s Office today to identify these alleged crimes. Additionally, he said, it is unknown if the $ 78 million loan granted by the CFN is being canceled according to the provisions of the cash flow trust.
“To investigate what the company Koval does, its assets, where the resources for the acquisition of high-end vehicles such as a Maserati, hacienda and homes that exceed $ 800,000 come when in 2016 they paid $ 216 tax”, Ordonez said referring to the administrator and Miguel Macías who would be the representative of the foreign firm.
Carlos Medina, lawyer for a group of former workers of La Clementina, questioned the lack of speed in the investigations whose complaints, he said, he already presented. “Our complaints are filed in the Prosecutor’s Office since September, one for peculation and the other for organized crime, and they are not moving forward.”
Secretary Ordonez will also request the investigation of the conditions under which the loan was granted and why “it was granted with unusual preferences. Also, when reconsiderations of debt payment were made. According to the official, the conditions of the trust were changed twice to give “absolute power to Koval and manage everything.”