The Public Ministry deposited five containers with the accusatory files against 13 defendants on Operation Coral 5G, for which he requested 18 months of preventive detention as a measure of coercion and the declaration of the complex case.
Mirna Ortiz, Litigation Coordinator of the Special Prosecutor’s Office for the Persecution of Administrative Corruption (Pepca) led the numerous delegation of the Public Ministry that arrived at the judicial unit after 9:00 at night.
“The Public Ministry continues to expand this investigation, this second phase of the Coral case is just beginning and we are going to see what happens,” explained the prosecutor, when talking to the press after leaving.
It argued that this request for a measure of coercion has more than six hundred (600) pages and seven hundred (700) means of documentary evidence that have been deposited.
“So, once again, we confirm and ratify that we have an armored case, a strong case,” said Ortiz.
Among the evidences, the Public Ministry mentions bank documents, property titles, confiscated real estate and a series of probative elements.
The alleged military network of the administrative corruption network dismantled with the Coral and Coral 5G operations moved at least RD $ 4,500 million in properties and financial products, according to the investigation being carried out by the Public Ministry.
The network, made up of military corps officers, including generals, has occupied 125 properties so far.
In documents about the investigation, 13 of the group are identified. Although the authorities have warned that the list could be further expanded, as the investigations progress.
The members of the military and police forces investigated at this stage of the Coral case are General Juan Carlos Torres Robiou, FARD, who was identified in the structure as “Dl”. He served as director of the Specialized Tourist Security Corps (Cestur) in the 2014-2021 period.
Another of those investigated is the colonel of the Dominican Republic Air Force (FARD), Carlos Augusto Lantigua Cruz (The Helper), his nickname for having been support of the director and manager of Cestur rations.
Also FARD Colonel Yehudy Blandesmil Guzmán Alcántara, former Cestur human resources manager in the 2014-2020 period.
In addition, the First Lieutenant of the Police, Jehohanan L. Rodríguez Jiménez, who served as Cestur’s deputy in charge of auditing, is under investigation.
The person in charge of the Cestur Intelligence Division, the FARD colonel, Miguel Alfredo Ventura Pichardo, and the person in charge of the School of Tourism Security and then of Cestur Intelligence Operations, FARD colonel, Roberto Acevedo Tejada FARD (Acevedo ), are on the list of alleged acts of corruption and money laundering.
They take Cusep from Cáceres
Most of the administrative structure of the Presidential Security Corps (Cusep) under the administration of Adán Cáceres, the main defendant in the Coral case, was dismantled due to the alleged theft of public funds to illicitly enrich themselves.
As part of the structure of alleged corruption in Cusep, they are accusing the FARD general, Julio C. de los Santos Viola, who was deputy chief of that agency in the leadership of Adán Cáceres; likewise the Major of the Police, José Manuel Rosario Pirón, who served as Cusep’s treasury manager.
Others on the list of defendants are FARD Colonel Sterling Antonio Peralta Santos, former Cusep intelligence officer; the captain of the Navy of the Dominican Republic (ARD), Rolando Bueno Jiménez; former administrative director and assistant to Adán Cáceres.
The captain of the ship Franklin Antonio Mata Flores ARD, former advance director of Cusep; the Army Brigadier General, Boanerges Reyes Batista, who was deputy chief of Cusep until 2014; FARD Lieutenant Colonel Erasmo Roger Pérez Núñez FARD, assigned to the Cusep chief, and Army Lieutenant Colonel Kelman Santana Martínez ERD, personal assistant to Adán Cáceres.
What are they accused of
The group is accused of committing an association of criminals, fraud against the Dominican State, a coalition of officials, falsification of public documents, money laundering from acts of corruption and illegal possession and possession of firearms.
According to the Public Ministry, the criminal network disarticulated with Operation Coral carried out its criminal activities in Cusep and Cestur, mainly, with the bulking of the payroll. During the investigations, the Public Ministry discovered that Colonel Rafael Núñez de Aza also served as financial director of the National Council for Children and Adolescents (Conani), despite the fact that he did not appear in public records.
The Public Ministry has established during the judicial process that they carried out fraudulent operations to acquire a large amount of movable and immovable property, luxury vehicles and properties in different parts of the Dominican Republic.