Sunday, May 06 2012 @ 08:51 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Prosecutor Rosa Elvira Pinzón brought charges against the accused for the alleged commission of offenses against public administration. Of the former officials of the National Assembly, Juan de Dios Hurtado is a fugitive, Jonathan Rodriguez has been arrested and is in jail awaiting trial, and Felicidad De León de Obaldía has a court order which prevents her from leaving the country. The other defendants, Yavira Mendieta Corrales, Leticia Álvarez and Dalys Camargo Dacosta, have all also been released with a court order preventing them from leaving the country.
According to the investigation, the checks were cashed at the Banco Nacional in Albrook with the complicity of one of the accused. The complaint for the theft of the checks was filed on November 9, 2009 by the Office of Legal Counsel to the Attorney General of the National Assembly.
In statements to the authorities, De Leon, an official of the Department of Correspondence of the Assembly, said it was Hurtado who asked her to cash some of the checks as a favor that had supposedly been signed by the beneficiaries, which is why she contacted another worker of the institution Jonathan Rodriguez, who managed to cash the checks at the branch of National Bank of Albrook, and the money was delivered personally to Hurtado.
The preliminary hearing of the case was made last Friday at the Fifteenth Criminal Court, and the judge Georgina Tunon, filed for a period of 30 days to decide whether or not the accused will be called to trial. (Prensa)