Corruption Scandal Marks Week in Colombia

Bogota, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) Disclosures of a vast embezzlement scheme in the Colombian national tax authority involving several officials led the headlines in the local press this week.

President Juan Manuel Santos revealed the scandal, saying that sizeable fraudulent operations were detected in reports on the Value Added Tax collection within the tax authority, the DIAN.

Santos said the embezzlers carried out false exports through shell corporations, and added that seven arrest warrants were issued for members of a corruption network operating within the DIAN.

Those individuals may face charges of bribery, money laundering, embezzlement, fictitious exports and documents.

The scandal broke shortly after the president enacted an anti-corruption law aimed to provide supervising entities with tools to fight corruption, a problem seriously affecting the country.

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