Some 500 people from Putumayo who had invested their money in suspected
pyramid scheme and money launderer DMG arrived in Bogotá Tuesday to
demand the release of DMG director David Murcia Guzman.
The protesters all lost their savings with the closing of DMG and want Colombia’s Congress to hear their complaints. Putumayo Representative in the House has already called on the government to come with special measures to help the people. Some have gone to instant poverty and farmers in the region threaten to massively go back to growing coca if the government doesn’t offer a solution to their financial problems.
Meanwhile, the Prosecution says it has found the “heart” of the DMG financial administration and now has a complete list of people who financially helped set up the company.
It is still unclear to what extent Colombian politicians have benefited from the suspected pyramid. Superior Judicial Counsil magistrate Pedro Sanabria denies having received money from the scheme, a broadcast tape between DMG director Murcia and financial head of the firm revealed.
Finance Minister Oscar Ivan Zuluaga denies a law passed in Congress was meant to favor DMG and the Prosecution denies the involvement of prosecutors with the company, but President Uribe demanded an explanation from coalition lawmakers. Senator Zulema Jattin (Partido de la U), member of Uribe’s coalition proposed the law that allowed the DMG prepaid car system to flourish.