13 members of Colombia’s tax authority, DIAN, were held without bail Friday for implications in the recent tax embezzlement scandal.
According to local media, a total of 13 people involved in the DIAN corruption scandal have been denied bail. 11 were sent to Bogota prisons, while two have been placed under house arrest “for health reasons.”
Blanca Jazmin Becerra, who is considered to be the mastermind of the “corruption cartel,” and her husband Guillermo Leon Rodriguez are serving time in separate Colombian prisons. Becerra denied 8 charges filed against her but pleaded guilty to embezzlement and conspiracy last week
All detainees were charged with crimes of illicit enrichment, money laundering, conspiracy, embezzlement by appropriation, falsification of public documents, fraud and bribery.
According to the prosecutor general, these 13 cases represent only the tip of the iceberg regarding the depth of the DIAN corruption scandal.