Ex prosecutor reveals more dirt in Bahía de las Aguilas fraud
Santo Domingo.- The president of the minority opposition party Al-Pais on Thursday called the theft of government lands in Bahia de las Aguilas and elsewhere in 1997, "monstrous," and revealed that the case was so serious that even a judge was bribed with a tract of land to rule for then Dominican Agrarian Institute (IAD) director Jaime Rodriguez Guzman.
Guillermo Moreno, who investigated the case in 1997 as National District prosecutor, didn’t mention the name of the judge allegedly bribed, but noted that the case almost failed when he left the post, and in his view prompted Rodriguez’s release.
He stressed that the scheme dealt with ghost homesteads by individuals to scam the government. "The case of Bahia de las Aguilas was a ghost settlement where people were assigned land plots without even having a background in livestock."
Moreno, interviewed on Teleantillas Channel 2, said it was about assigning lands to people, whose titles were then "sold" to the IAD’s own officials. “It was a peasant settlement on land with no agricultural potential.”
As to the fraud against the State, he said the then director of the IAD used as his lawyer, the head of the agency’s legal department, “acting as judge and jury.”