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Peru’s Congress Denounces Former President Toledo for Money Laundering

LIMA – In a unanimous vote, Peruvian legislators have approved a report that recommends filing charges against former president Alejandro Toledo and his wife, Eliane Karp, for alleged money laundering and criminal conspiracy.

The report by an audit commission was approved by congress on Thursday with a vote of 87 to 0.

Toledo is accused of buying a house and an office in Lima worth almost $5 million on behalf of a company formed in Costa Rica by his mother-in-law, Eva Fernenbug, a Belgian citizen.

The parliamentary inquiry recommended the public prosecutor’s office also charge Fernenbug along with her legal representative, David Eskenazi, businessman Josef Maiman, and the former chief of security of Peru’s government palace, Avraham Dan On.

The head of the audit commission, Enrique Wong, said that Toledo was involved in the formation of the company Ecoteva and in the negotiation for the acquisition of two properties in Surco, one of the most exclusive districts of Lima.

Toledo, accompanied by Dan On, ordered notary Melvin Rudelman in Costa Rica to transfer all the shares of the company to his mother-in-law, Wong said.

The report also indicated that Toledo committed the alleged crimes “in stages of transformation or collation and integration.”

Moreover, the former president participated in setting up Ecoteva in “an off-shore financial center in Costa Rica, to administer funds whose source has not been determined with certainty.”

Toledo said that the Ecoteva funds belonged to Maiman, but did not provide any evidence that the money used for the purchases was his.

Former prosecutor Jose Pelaez said last January that Toledo and Karp were not guilty of illicit enrichment in the Ecoteva case, but ordered that the proceedings from the investigation were derived from the money laundering investigation that was opened against Fernenbug in 2013.

The Toledo investigation was launched in May 2013 after the real estate acquisitions worth millions in Lima made by Fernenbug became public knowledge.

According to a report from the Financial Investigation Unit, Ecoteva funds were also used to pay the mortgages on the homes of Toledo in Lima and in the northern resort of Punta Sal.

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