Local November 22, 2021 | 7:17 am

Dominican Republic generals’ stunning kickback scheme

A. Cacerea, R. Guzman.

Santo Domingo.- The Anticorruption Prosecutor (Pepca) interrogated 70 defendants of  Operation Coral 5G,  the ring headed by Major General Adán Cáceres Silvestre, Colonel Rafael Núñez de Aza and Pastor Rossy Guzmán, who are being held in prison.

In a typical transaction, a member of the military would get monthly a check for RD$30,000, but would receive only RD$3,000, as “kickback.”

“This criminal network, taking advantage of their functions, closeness and unrestricted support of the country’s chief executive, committed a series of actions that are subsumed under serious criminal offenses.”

Those arrested are Generals Juan Carlos Torres Robiou, Julio Camilo de los Santos Viola and Boanerges Reyes Batista, as well as Captain Franklin Antonio Mata Flores, Colonels Carlos Augusto Lantigua Cruz, Yehudy Blandesmil Guzmán Alcántara, Miguel Ventura Pichardo and Lieutenant Colonel Erasmo Roger Pérez Núñez. Also, against Lieutenant Colonel Kelman Santana Martínez and Major José Manuel Rosario Pirón. Likewise, First Lieutenant Jehohanan Lucía Rodríguez Jiménez, César Félix Ramos Ovalle and Esmeralda Ortega.

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November 22, 2021 7:54 am

Long prison sentences needed to discourage this type of criminal activity, 20++ years in prison terms needed !

Paul Tierney
November 22, 2021 8:44 am
Reply to  Bob

30 years is better.

November 22, 2021 4:09 pm
Reply to  Bob

Is one of the most corrupt places on EARTH

Jan Tholenaar
November 22, 2021 6:00 pm

Not by a long shot.

November 22, 2021 6:08 pm

You mean the usa not dr right?

Dave S Jennifer
November 22, 2021 9:41 pm
Reply to  Mark

I was thinking the same thing. Damn Bobs and Karen’s wear by God they are always the fckn good guy and everyone else on earth are thieves and dumb.

Paul Tierney
November 22, 2021 8:43 am

This kickback scheme is just one part of the bigger story presented in the Diario Libre, “La Pepca interrogó a 70 personas cuyos testimonios presentó como prueba en 5G”, dated on Sunday the 21st.

In the DL article this scheme, one of many schemes they had, the generals diverted funds for their own use from people on the public payroll who would get the RD$ 3,000 kickback.

Reading the Diario Libre article opens one’s eyes as how bold these generals were in their designs to defraud the state. Their greed is detestable.

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November 22, 2021 4:23 pm

Even the President is corrupt and becoming rich at the expense of the little people. only Rich selfish money people have the resources to get their name of the ballot. So the cycle of corruption continues…. FOREVER!

Ray el Domi
November 22, 2021 8:18 pm

Moves like this is what holds back D.R. from advancing. There are tons of other corruption going on so authorities must continue to work diligently. Also, the government of D.R. should agree to third party auditing from another country to ensure everyone’s integrity is intact.

Robert Ramirez
November 22, 2021 10:35 pm
Reply to  Ray el Domi

You are not to bright, the president is a billionaire.

Juaquin James
November 22, 2021 10:43 pm

This has been going on for hundreds of years. Rafael Trujillo was the originator of this and look what happened to him

November 23, 2021 5:27 am

Unfortunately, the corruption runs deep, and I would not fly a Dominican airline if my life depended on it because I might just lose it flying with them. Dominicana de Aviación lost a brand new jet in the 70s because the administrators of the airline got money for jet fuel, bought less fuel than the amount paid for, and used used an adulterated mix, keeping the rest of the money in their pockets… The bad fuel caused both engines of the brand new plane failure, and the plane crashed just off Punta Caucedo, the peninsula where the airport is located. The authorities, of course, hushed the real reason. To this day, it is still not talked about, but a list of FAA reviews of causes of crashes places the fault squarely on the administrators of the airline. The fact that they ordered and disregarded industry standards, and knowingly played with people’s lives without regard to the sanctity of life begs the question. So, no, I will not fly an airline that knowingly endangers the lives of its citizens with their own selfish pursuit of power and money. Those were dark days in the country, as you are all well aware that the news did not hide the gruesome nature of the aftermath… I still remember it.

Mario Vasquez
November 23, 2021 8:51 pm

Sssstupid Dominicans. Ladrones

Manuel Noriega
November 27, 2021 10:58 pm

It doesn’t stop there, it can take years to get rid of all the corruption and by then there would be no one left to run the country