VENEZUELAN SIMEON GARCIA, OWNER OF THE AIRLINES ASERCA, SANATA BARBARA AIRLINES + PAWA, accused of money laundering In the Dominican Republic
SANTO DOMINGO – The owner of the airlines Aserca, Santa Bárbara Airlines and PAWA, Simeón García, faces charges for ceasing operations, tax fraud, money laundering, conspiracy for fraud and corruption in the Dominican Republic.
Curaçao Chronicle learned that about PAWA Dominicana and García there are allegations that indicate a breach of trust and alleged money laundering, so the relevant authorities were asked for an inquiry. The indictment was presented by the Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation (IDAC) and the Civil Aviation Board (JAC), which assure that PAWA and García appropriated public resources, concealed them and then transferred them and administered them for their own benefit.
They explained that the IDAC should receive, according to the norm, the biweekly settlement of the rates and rights of the aeronautical activity collected by the air operators, but the airline PAWA Dominicana initiated a practice since March 2017 aimed at evading this obligation, which occurred until his Economic Authorization Certificate was suspended on January 26, 2018.
PAWA’s debt to the Dominican authorities as of January 30, 2018 already amounted to USD 1,820,669.35 plus RD $ 72,742.50 (Dominican pesos). They would have reached a payment agreement, but once again the company of Simeón García evaded its responsibility and failed to comply with said cancellations.
The legal representative of IDAC and JAD, Julio Cury, reported that the respective complaint was delivered to the Attorney General’s Office headed by Jean Alain Rodríguez, who in turn forwarded it to the Office of the Prosecutor of Santo Domingo, a judicial body that must establish the veracity of accusations and proceed accordingly if the facts are verified.
Meanwhile, the legal representation of PAWA, in the hands of lawyer Alberto Reyes, expressed his disagreement with the cessation of operations of the airline. The measure would have affected 18,724 passengers who purchased tickets from October 20, 2017 until January 25, 2018. In Venezuela, Santa Bárbara Airlines was suspended for 90 days for non-compliance with itinerary.
Likewise, Aserca was subject to suspension for matters related to its insurance policy.
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