Ex Finance chief in Tucanogate vanishes: El Nacional
Santo Domingo.- The whereabouts of former Finance minister VicenteBengoa is unknown, reports elnacional.como.do, which for more than a week hastried via several routes for him to respond to allegations that his agencyballooned the US$93.0 Super Tucano airplane deal by US$$18 million.
“Reporters of this daily have called the former official’sresidence since last week and was informed that he wasn’t available. And thismorning efforts were again unsuccessful,” the outlet said.
The Finance Ministry had claimed that the funds would befor logistics costs for additional equipment and services.
The planes were bought from Brazilian company Embraer in 2008during the administration of president Leonel Fernandez at an initial cost of US$73.7million, but rose to US$93.0 million, according to the indictment.