A group of four administrators of the commerce sector in the main municipality of Sancti Spiritus province have received prison sentences of 2 to 9 years for corruption, Cubadebate reports.
The crime dates back to December 2021, when the administrator of the “La Casiguya” market, together with his second in command (a technician from the commercial area of Banaue) and the administrator of a winery, planned the illegal sale of a batch. Of rum. Varadero brand refining in the informal market.
The beverage and soft drinks company distributed a total of 3,690 “cucumbers” of that rum, equivalent to 339,480 Cuban pesos, at the official price of 92 pesos. However, more than half of the goods were sold at an average of 300 pesos, netting a profit of 97,644 pesos after deducting the amount sold at the legal price.
The report states that the action of the four officers amounts to the offense of falsifying documents as a means of embezzlement.
Cubadebate reports that during the investigative process, 618 “cucumbers” of rum were seized from the winery’s manager. The technician involved gave 1,500 “cucumbers” to a civilian at this same winery.
The investigation reveals that one of the defendants owed 201,000 pesos to the administrator, the result of the illegal sale of a batch of “cucumbers” to unknown persons. Over 127,000 pesos went into his pocket.
Police officers found in the administrator’s office drawer the money that was supposed to be deposited at a rate of 92 pesos for each “cucumber” sold at the official price, and the embezzled cash, at a rate of 158 pesos per unit profit. From , at unofficial market prices.
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In the end, the administrator of “La Casiguya” and his deputy divided 252,790 pesos among themselves, according to a report from the Provincial Department of Criminal Procedure of the Prosecutor’s Office.
The administrator received a nine-year prison sentence; technician B in the economic management of that unit, six; Manager of the “47th Anniversary” store, eight; and commercial in Banao area, two.
The sentence is not yet final. The resolution of the appeal filed before the People’s Supreme Court is pending.
Located on the central highway, Mercado Ideal Casiguaya opened in 2017 with an offering of meat, dairy, preserves, preserves and beverages. According to sources in the provincial government council, the embezzlement case from this shopping center is one of seven reported in Sancti Spiritus in 2022.