The attorney general seizes more than $66,000 from former Defense Secretary David Mongoya Pais

The attorney general seizes more than $66,000 from former Defense Secretary David Mongoya Pais

The money will go into the custody of the National Property Administration Board (CONAB), while the specialized court will decide whether it is of legal or illegal origin.

On Monday, the Attorney General’s Office seized $66,897.69 that former Defense Secretary David Mongoya Pais had in a bank account.

Tax investigations indicate that these funds are the result of money laundering and corruption.

The money will go into the custody of the National Board of Property Administration (CONAB), while the domain confiscation specialist court determines whether Munguía Payés acquired it legally or illegally.

Last week, the property forfeiture unit of the Attorney General’s Office intervened in two properties worth $300,000 and $116K. They also confiscated $42,316 from another bank account.

Last June, the prosecutors of the said unit asked the Property Confiscation Court to confiscate Munguía Payés’ assets and property, considering that they were acquired for money laundering and corruption.

These assets were seized in October 2020 for the purpose of confiscation and transfer to the state.

Among these properties, whose value is estimated at 4 million and 638 thousand dollars, are seven properties in San Salvador and La Libertad; Two cars and ten financial products (bank accounts, term deposits, among others).

Mongoya País is accused in the courts of negotiating with gangs to reduce murders in exchange for imprisonment and economic benefits for the leaders of these criminal groups.

These supposed negotiations took place while he was Minister of Public Security, during the presidency of fugitive Mauricio Funes.

He is also being tried for offenses in exchanging a batch of abandoned weapons from the Ministry of Defense in exchange for two shells to a company dedicated to selling weapons. Mongoya País is under house arrest.

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