Those involved in the network of Operation Coral 5G created companies, avoided audits with fictitious squares, used seized assets as their own and destroyed and manufactured evidence to keep the network hidden, among other criminal activities.
As described by the Public Ministry in the request for coercion measures to the defendants in which it points out 25 characteristics that the network had, the group created institutions to supply them with fuel and expendable materials, which were never delivered, but for which fictitious squares were made .
According to the document, the defendants “appointed trusted people in the audit, fuel dispatch, warehouse, food rations, intelligence, accounts receivable departments, in order to maintain control of what was presented to the Comptroller General of the Republic ”, cites the request for a measure of coercion.
He points out that the group also assigned as monthly millionaire items for rations and intelligence operations which were used for personal expenses and investments of the directors and financiers of the institutions.
He affirms that they also demanded millionaire sums as bribes from businessmen supplying the Presidential Specialized Security Corps (CUSEP) and the Specialized Tourist Security Corps (Cestur).
Likewise, “they used the military and police who lent themselves to make millionaire transactions without justification of the origin of the resources, since they were really funds extracted from the public patrimony, through military institutions and other organizations,” says the indictment.
In this regard, he says that they chose a branch of the Reserve Bank and its manager so that the transactions made by the police and the military would not generate an alert to the Dominican Financial System.
According to the file, the defendants: “They injected money into a company disguised as an association, which carried out millionaire operations typical of a business organization, but in order to evade the control of commercial companies, it was given the appearance of a Non-Governmental Organization,” he explains. .
It says that despite the creation of companies to acquire goods, they do not present commercial operations, and establishes that their sole purpose was to give a licit appearance to the properties acquired by the members of the organization.
He points out that religious organizations were also used in this process, which he claims are maneuvers typical of organized crime and served as a shield to disguise million-dollar money laundering operations.
According to the file, those involved “diverted State funds through people who appeared on public payrolls without working and received a monthly payment in exchange for being a name-bearer, obtaining a small sum of money and returning between 80 and 90% of the amount. collected, every month, to be distributed among the members of the organization ”, he indicates.
Another of the points made by the Public Ministry is that it has used stamps from the Comptroller General of the Republic and other institutions to give their operations a legal appearance.
He maintains that as a result of these maneuvers “they acquired dozens of millionaire assets (houses, apartments, luxurious and latest generation cars, farms, companies, bank accounts …) to place the assets distracted from the public patrimony and become holders through natural persons and legal actions of considerable fortunes ”, in addition to having used seized assets as their own, actions that they affirm allowed them to have a lifestyle typical of organized crime.
The defendants in Operation 5 G are: General Juan Carlos Torres Robiou; General Julio Camilo de los Santos Viola; Brigadier General Boanerges Reyes Batista; the naval captain Franklin Antonio Mata Flores; paratrooper colonel Carlos Augusto Lantigua Cruz; Pilot Colonel Yehudy Blandesmil Guzmán Alcántara; Lieutenant Colonel Erasmo Roger Pérez Núñez; Lieutenant Colonel Kelman Santana Martínez; the major José Manuel Rosario Pirón; César Félix Ramos Ovalle; Miguel Ventura Pichardo; Jehohanan Lucía Rodríguez Jiménez and Esmeralda Ortega Polanco.
They know today measures of coercion
The Office of Permanent Attention of the Palace of Justice of Ciudad Nueva plans to know this Sunday at 10:00 in the morning the measure of coercion against the 13 defendants in the so-called Operation Coral 5G, for which it requested 18 months of preventive detention as measure of coercion and the declaration of the complex case.
The Public Ministry deposited five containers with the accusatory files of the defendants on Friday night before that judicial agency, which contain more than 600 pages and seven hundred 700 means of documentary evidence.
Among the evidences, the Public Ministry mentions bank documents, property titles, confiscated real estate and a series of probative elements.
“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,” said the Litigation Coordinator of the Special Prosecutor for Administrative Corruption (Pepca), Mirna Ortiz, after heading the deposit of the documentation.
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 and has been occupied so far 125 properties .
In the accusatory file of the first and second phases of Operation Choral, the (Pepca) establishes that one of the main sources of illicit resources used by the members of the network consisted of the diversion of funds from the payroll of the Specialized Security Corps. Tourism (Cestur), today Politur, and the Presidential Security Corps (Cusep).
It says that from the payroll there was a pyramid-like scheme where, in the case of Cestur, the defendant Juan Carlos Torres Robiou, approved the appointment of people who were placed in the human resources system by the director of the Human Resources Department, the defendant Colonel Yehudy Blandesmil Guzmán Alcántara, on the payroll by the Financial Manager, the accused Rafael Núñez de Aza and the person in charge of technology and payroll, the accused Raúl Alejandro Girón Jiménez.
It maintains that, in the case of Cusep, the defendant Adán Benoni Cáceres Silvestre was the one who approved the appointments of people, however, these did not go through Human Resources, but was placed directly on the payroll that was managed by the Financial Manager, the accused Rafael Núñez de Aza, through Lieutenant Colonel José Ramón Santos Jiménez, and later by the accused, Major Raúl Alejandro Girón Jiménez.
It explains that Lieutenant Colonel José Ramón Santos Jiménez, Second Lieutenant Vicente Girón Jiménez, Lieutenant Erinson Brens Rosario and First Lieutenant Juan Ramón Tejada Hilario, recruited soldiers who were assigned to other institutions, or who did not have specific functions, they were presented to them. Raúl Alejandro Girón Jiménez, who purified them together with his superior, Rafael Núñez de Aza and requested their incorporation, this being approved by the accused Juan Carlos Torres Robiou in Cestur and by Adán Benoni Cáceres Silvestre in Cusep.
It indicates that, later, the people who passed the purification were added to the payrolls of Cusep or Cestur, with salaries of between 20 thousand and 70 thousand pesos per month, which had to be returned in full, and on other occasions the “named” They were authorized to keep amounts ranging from 2,000 to 10,000 pesos, depending on the amount assigned, and the rest had to be returned to the “collecting heads”, in this case to Lieutenant Colonel José Ramón Santos Jiménez, Second Lieutenant Vicente Girón Jiménez, Erinson Brens Rosario and First Lieutenant Juan Ramón Tejada Hilario, who gave the money to the accused Raúl Alejandro Girón Jiménez and Rafael Núñez de Aza.