Ex-officials accused in Honduras of fraud during pandemic | News


The Honduran Public Ministry filed an accusation of corruption against seven former officials and businessmen of the Strategic Investment of Honduras (Invest-H) for irregularly acquiring 474,000 masks during the Covid-19 pandemic.


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Among the former officials involved are Marcos Antonio Bográn, who was the director; the then administrator of road assets, Alex Moraes Girón; the general accountant Carlos Luis Guevara Mondragón; the administrative and financial specialist, Bessy Roxana Rodríguez Mendoza.

Likewise, the owner of the financial group G y T SA, Juan José Lagos Romero; the legal representative of Germar Ferretería, Elena María Hernández González, and also of Germar Ferretería, María Elena Palacios Hernández, who are accused of fraud.

Between the months of April and May of the year 2020, as a result of a critical moment during the Covid-19 crisis, the Government needed to buy biosafety material for the nation’s health personnel and officials and businessmen of the aforementioned institutions took advantage to sell the State masks for non-medical use.

Inquiries by the Fiscal Support Unit (UNAF) and the Technical Criminal Investigation Agency (ATIC) resulted in several of the accused being involved in a diversion of sales profits, since they simulated that the profits went to Germar Ferretería when they ended up going, mostly to group G and T SA de CV

The first of the purchase orders contained a figure close to 50 million lempiras (more than 2,000,000 dollars) and a later one of more than 39 million lempiras (more than 1,500,000 dollars), the latter being the which was paid to Germar Ferretería, which returned to G y T SA de CV more than 37 million lempiras (close to 1,500,000 dollars).

The Honduran authorities mentioned that so far of those involved, Moraes Girón, Rodríguez Mendoza and Guevara Mondragón have been arrested.

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