Only Dominican President can halt major probe, Anti-Corruption chief says - Anti-Corruption Department (DPCA) director Otoniel Bonilla revealed Friday that the search of the office of Angel Lockward is part of an investigation into his tenure as ambassador in Colombia, including the alleged irregular import of dozens of luxury vehicles into the country.

The official affirmed that when the population learns of all the irregularities the politician committed in that diplomatic post, “they’ll fall on their backs.”

Bonilla said evidence reveals that Lockward’s conduct makes him unworthy of holding a government post, warning that the only think which will keep him from conducting a full investigation is if president Leonel Fernandez fires him as Anticorruption chief.

On Thursday DPCA officials stage a lightning search of Lockward’s offices, where they seized a laptop and boxes of documents, on which the ex ambassador said he didn’t know which papers were taken.


Other case from the press this week related to fraud and corruption:


Anticorruption group slams government agency's repeated cost overruns

The Dominican Anticorruption Alliance, ADOCCO, affirmed Thursday that the parking lot built  by the Sate Works Supervisory Engineers Office  (OISOE) in the Santo Domingo State University, UASD, cost Dominican taxpayers RD$1.3 billion, and not RD$1.0 billion as announced the day it was inaugurated.

It said figures by experts show that the building shouldn’t have cost more than RD$300 million, since the work didn’t included the land.

ADOCCO coordinator Julio Cesar de la Rosa said there’s also evidence of ballooned costs in the recently inaugurated prison at Higüey, also built by the OISOE, at a cost of RD$1.2 billion, while the one the Justice Ministry built in the city Moca with the same characteristics cost RD$242 million, with the difference that the latter complied with the Purchases and Contracting Law 340-06.

He said it’s alarming how all the works involving the OISOE, whose director during the execution of those projects was the now senator Felix Bautista, always end up in cost overruns.


Dominican Watchdog Note: This two articles and the hundreds of other corruption articles posted by Dominican Watchdog in the last 2 years show a clear cut fraud and corruption system organized from the top of the government.


Read more: How much does President Leonel actually know about this fraud and corruption in his government. How did he manage to become a millionaire with a salary of only USD 300,000 per year?......


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