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The Anti-Administrative Corruption division of the Attorney General Office (Pepca) raided the Chamber of Accounts for around 12 hours on Monday, 22 February 2021. The intervention was authorized by Supreme Court of Justice judge, María Garabito. The action is unprecedented in the Dominican Republic. The Chamber of Accounts is the government body in charge of ensuring the correct spending of government funds.
Two trucks were used to remove loads of documents and transport these to the Attorney General Office.
The operation was named “Snail Operation.” This could be in reference to the Chamber of Accounts’ reticence to provide the documentation sought by Pepca prosecutors. The Chamber of Accounts president Hugo Francisco Alvarez Perez is investigated for several crimes. Among these are obstruction of justice, being in cohoot with government officials, forgery of public...