At least seven assembly members have been accused, with name and surname, for the supposed charge of ‘tithes’. And for today announces the delivery of a second complaint in the Attorney General.
This is Andrea Utreras, a former employee who worked from January to March 15, 2018. She will file a complaint against Karina Arteaga (legislator for Manabí, PAIS), who not only demanded money in cash, but “pay their expenses (. ..) and even the monthly payments of a high-end car that was bought “, as EXPRESO said last week. Today he will go with his lawyer to formalize the accusation. She believes that they could charge her for extortion.
Utreras was the first complainant to be presented publicly, which is why she has been contacted by other alleged victims. “On Sunday I received a call from an ex-consultant who told me that she initiated a legal action against the Assemblywoman for Galapagos Brenda Flor (PAIS), which is already in the Office of the Prosecutor,” he said.
The denunciations also continue arriving at the office of the legislator Fabricio Villamar, of CREO, who uncovered the case. One of them corresponds to an ex-adviser (who prefers to keep the reservation of his name) who gave documentation that would reveal how Assemblyman Fernando Flores (today CREO, before Prian) charged him $ 500 per month: 450 for personal expenses and 50 for gasoline. “This practice was recurrent. I denounced it in the Comptroller’s Office, the Prosecutor’s Office and the ex-president of the Assembly Fernando Cordero, and I never received a response. Instead, I received threats (…) which is also known to the police, “he said.
Flores denied the accusations.
On the other hand, Luis and Gonzalo (who requested the reservation of their last names) made public a denunciation, against Vilema They accuse him of charging them 400 and 1,000 dollars a month, respectively, for six years. “The wife bought $ 365 in Christmas decorations with my card. When they voted for me, I asked them to cancel the debt and they did not want to and it was my turn to pay what the woman used, “Luis said.
The voices against Gabriela Rivadeneira (ex-PAIS) also increase, although protected in anonymity. Yesterday an ex-consultant said that the assemblywoman, during her presidency, ordered that the 200 contract employees be charged from 50 to 1,000 dollars, depending on the position. “The charge was made by Jaqueline Navas,” he said. “You also had to pay 100 dollars a month to the Altiva y Soberana account, which was that of the government party,” he said.
Last week, Rivadeneira challenged the complainants to present evidence of the accusations in the Office of the Prosecutor.
Pablo Santillán, Villamar’s advisor, insists that they have more than a dozen documented complaints that they will present at the next plenary session. But, if they do not manage to do it this week, the complaint will be presented to the Comptroller’s Office, to request an account crossing, and in the Financial and Economic Analysis Unit (UAFE).
Fernando Flores, Assemblyman CREO
“There is a witch hunt”
Now inside the undue collection of advisors is his name. What do you think?
What is happening at this time is that the issue has turned into a witch hunt. I believe that if any person has any proof of my performance, the Office of the Prosecutor is the tool to be investigated. If the complaint comes, I will present my evidence of my defense of anything about my actions.
Whoever accuses him says that he filed the complaints in the Office of the Attorney General, Comptroller and even in the Assembly …
I would like to wait until I have all the documentation to be able to pronounce myself. I had an advisor who filed several complaints accusing me of having lawsuits, properties in the East, and there is a Comptroller’s report where everything went wrong. It must be someone who has some resentment.
Why not address the issue in the Assembly to clarify the names of those involved?
We cannot arrogate functions; the Prosecutor’s Office is for those things, there is the Comptroller’s Office. If someone had something, they should denounce it, not wait seven years and now that a media war has been fought in that sense, go out and smear the names of the other people. Whoever must verify it, or take legal action. (I)