The Financial Analysis Unit (UAFE) provided the Prosecutor’s Office with a report on the unusual operations of the former vice president. There are irregular deposits.
The Financial Analysis Unit (UAFE) will present a private accusation in the case against the former vice-president of the Republic, María Alejandra Vicuña, for the alleged collection of tithes. The entity found inconsistencies in an Unusual and Unjustified Operations Report (ROII), which it delivered to the Prosecutor’s Office.
The objective of the particular accusation of the UAFE will be to cooperate with the Prosecutor’s Office in the request and practice of the test to demonstrate both the material existence of the crime and the responsibility of the accused. And they will request comprehensive economic compensation for the damage that the crime has caused.
The former vice president resigned the office on December 5, after it revealed the collection of tithes when she was an assemblyman. The ex-legislative collaborator of Vicuña, Ángel Polibio Sagbay, denounced the ex-staff member for receiving “contributions” in her personal account between 2011 and 2013.
She indicated -through an affidavit dated October 26, 2018- that initially the payments would have been $ 300 monthly for one year. After he was promoted he would have deposited $ 1,400 for another year.
On Friday, December 14, the judicial process, filed by the Office of the Prosecutor for the crime of concussion, went to the Special Criminal Chamber of the National Court of Justice, chaired by Judge Iván Saquicela Rodas.
On December 12, prosecutor Ruth Palacios asked Saquicela to designate the date and time for the arraignment hearing. So far the request of the prosecutor Palacios, as recorded in the system of Consultation of Causes of the Judicial Function is not specified. Once the criminal process is completed, the UAFE will also interpose its allegations against Vicuña.
In the UAFE report, several deposits were found in the Vicuña account for the supposed tithes. The Office of the Prosecutor presented the action against Vicuña for the crime of concussion, which, according to Article 281 of the Comprehensive Criminal Code (COIP), establishes a custodial sentence of five to seven years.
The crime, according to the COIP, is committed when a public servant, abusing his position or duties, requires the delivery of quotas, contributions, rents, salaries or gratuities not owed. Vicuña works today at the Internal Revenue Service (SRI) in Guayaquil. (I)