Several Current & Former Honduran Legislators Indicted For Embezzling Public Funds Meant For NGO

Posted by Editor
11/12/2018
Posted in Honduras

Corruption runs rampant in Honduras. It’s the root cause of many of the enduring social and economic issues that plague the Central American nation. Whether it’s President Juan Orlando Hernández’s disputed election victory, last month’s indictment of his brother on drug-related charges in the United States, or this week’s discovery of widespread embezzlement by legislators – the abuse of Hondurans by their elected leaders and their enablers is inexcusable.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Honduran prosecutors presented a case to the country’s supreme court Tuesday accusing current and former public officials of diverting public funds into their own pockets.

Among 21 people named are five current congressmen and six former ones, and allegations against legislators must go to the high court.

Investigators say they found nearly $900,000 was transferred from various government accounts ostensibly for social programs but was put in the account of a nonprofit front organization set up for the diversion called the Green Planet Association. They allege the money then was moved into officials’ personal accounts.

The five legislators are members of President Juan Orlando Hernandez’ National Party, and the vice president of the congress, Gladis Aurora Lopez. Also implicated in the case are former security minister Oscar Alvarez, who resigned last year for health reasons and now lives in the United States.

The investigation was carried out by Honduran prosecutors and the Organization of American States’ anti-corruption body

OAS panel chief Luiz Guimaraes Marrey said the case shows Honduras’ internal audit system is weak and inefficient.

 

This article was originally published in The Associated Press.

For more information, visit the website of the Organization of American States.