Colombia’s Comptroller asked the country’s Prosecutor General to investigate the Nule Group for the crime of money laundering El Espectador reported Wednesday.
In the midst of an investigation that aims to prove that Bogota‘s top officials and the construction conglomerate Nule organized back-room dealings to award the company public works projects in the capital in exchange for a 6% commission, the comptroller asked the Prosecutor General to add the charge of money laundering to the list of charges facing Nule.
Last Wednesday the Comptroller General issued a report saying that of the $44 million the Nule Group allegedly received in anticipation for the ground-breaking of the third phase of the Transmilenio bus transportation system, $35 million went to private, offshore bank accounts and property assets sparking the interest of the financial body to conduct an investigation.
In addition to the latest charge, Miguel, Manuel and Guido Nule are charged with embezzlement by appropriation, fraud, misrepresentation, bribery and conspiracy for their alleged role in the fraudulent awarding of contracts for public works in Bogota.
The mayor of Bogota, Samuel Moreno, was recently suspended by the Inspector General for his apparent involvement in the corruption scandal and his brother, Senator Ivan Moreno, was arrested in April for corruption charges in the same case.