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Santo Domingo.- The lawyer Mario Guerrero Heredia, who admitted having formed several companies for Jose Figueroa Agosto, yesterday testified that he sold a shell company to the defendant Mary Peláez, to build infrastructure from a bidding she had won in the State Works Supervisory Office,  then headed by the now San Juan province (west) senator Felix Bautista.

The prosecution witness’ revelation came in the hearing against the eight accused of laundering money for Figueroa’s network, and also said he sold a shell company to the also defendant Eddy Brito for US$1,000.

He said he met Figueroa as Cristian Almonte, via police colonel Jose Amado González (gunned down December 24, 2010), a boyhood friend, who in 2006 bought from him another shell company for his father-in-law Rubén Soto Hayet (assassinated owner of the restaurant La Francesa, to buy a villa in La Romana.

He said 60 days later, González went to his office to tell him the villa would be bought by Almonte, through the shell company Shaolin Investment. Another contract was then made in which Soto yielded his shares to Cristian and his wife Fior Jansen Rodriguez (Leavy Nin Batista, another codefendant).

The Office of the Prosecutor uses this evidence against the also codefendant Madeline Bernard, with her lawyer’s objection.

During the cross-examination, Guerrero admitted having providing his employees to form shell companies for Figueroa and helped dodge taxes of several real estate properties. He also admitted being interrogated by the Justice Ministry several times in 2010 on his relationship with Figueroa.

He said he’s a friend of Sonya Uribe, ex-adviser of the Financial Analysis Unit, of the National Drug Council’s Anti-laundering Committee, for whom he formed another shell company.

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9 comment(s)
Written by: gmiller261, 13 May 2011 7:47 AM
From: United States

OH. Lord.

If no one goes to jail with all this, you should be embarrassed, very embarrassed.

Written by: kennyB, 13 May 2011 8:09 AM
From: United States


Don’t know much about your own History?
Written by: THINK, 13 May 2011 10:07 AM
From: United States, SDQ -- Mia --NY

This guy, Mario, knows what he was dealing with the dirty drug money. He knows for sure, but under the driven of big profits, he still did them and assuming he was innocent.

Traditional cover up from Government to businss , and yet in return, business conveys big money to government.
Written by: gmiller261, 13 May 2011 10:10 AM
From: United States

Sorry, kennyB.

If you are referring to US history, I do. And At least people go to jail, not like this pathetic country.

Now what were you referring to?
Written by: RobertoJose, 13 May 2011 10:50 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island.....Don't sing it, just bring it !!!!
I Figured the two deceased would come up as witnesses, to bad for the bad guys typewriters aren't used anymore and any documents created are backed up in the system with DATE MODIFIED, but, then again, its the Dominican Rep. "The Land of Make Believe"
Written by: dreadlocks This user is banned, 13 May 2011 11:31 AM
From: United States
i am confused. this guy is a prosecution witness. i am wondering if he has immunity in some sort of a plea deal, because he appears very much to me to be a co conspirator.
Written by: Messi, 13 May 2011 2:53 PM
From: United States Virgin Islands
All agencies from the state are involving in Drugs ,laudering money and crime,
This is not a State ,this is worst than AFGANISTAN.
Also is very dangerous for the Security of Untides States fo America,anytime we can have a terrorist attack.For money they will do anything.Do not forget this people they are lack of values.
Written by: VeronicaDR, 14 May 2011 10:26 AM
From: United States
This guy obviously has immunity. He named a bunch of dead people how convenient. I am sure there are plenty of live ones involved too.

"He said he’s a friend of Sonya Uribe, ex-adviser of the Financial Analysis Unit, of the National Drug Council’s Anti-laundering Committee, for whom he formed another shell company."

I see something here with a name. Why is this man not also up on charges and being investigated?

What a waste of time this case is. Anyone who anyone thought would talk is dead. Where is the real investigation? Any country with a real justice system and this would never fly.

Lionel you do a great job running a circus of a justice system.
Written by: Ajmass09, 14 May 2011 8:37 PM
From: United States
It just seems like there is too many fake names fake companies and there is never going to be any convictions over any of this.
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