Friday, August 12, 2022

Governor of Colombia’s poorest province ’embezzled 1.5M from healthcare funds’

Colombia Reports

efrain_palacios

The governor of Choco, Colombia’s Pacific department where two thirds of the population live in poverty, will be charged for embezzlement after allegedly stealing $1.5 million in health funds.

According to weekly Semana, Choco governor Efrain Palacios will face criminal charges in December, the last month of this term.

- Advertisement -

The magazine alleged on Sunday that Palacios made part of a corruption ring that created healthcare providers and pharmacies in order to charge for services never rendered.

[googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=zA2zbIlYFYyI.kjZC80JSubCw&w=283&h=320]

The money was allegedly used by Palacios to pay back campaign financiers who had backed his 2013 election campaign in which he successfully sought to replace former governor Luis Gilberto Murillo, who had been dismissed over a corruption conviction dating as far back as 1997.

Colombia’s vice-Prosecutor General, Jorge Perdomo, on Tuesday said in response that his office will file criminal charges against Palacios and his alleged partners in crime.

The alleged robbing of healthcare funds is extremely delicate in Colombia, and even more so in Choco.

- Advertisement -

The country’s healthcare system has been bordering collapse for years due to corrupt healthcare intermediaries that have lost hundreds of millions in a variety of embezzlement and dodgy investment schemes.

Two of the country’s largest healthcare intermediaries, responsible for the healthcare of more than a quarter of Colombia’s population, face liquidation due to fraud and mismanagement.

In Choco, where poverty levels exceed 65%, children have literally died due to a chronic deficiency in healthcare.

Colombia turns attention to extreme poverty in Pacific west

While 37% of Colombians have unmet basic needs (such as drinking water or primary education), in Choco this figure is 81%, a July 2014 report exposed.

To make matters worse, more than two thirds of the Choco population is registered as victim of the armed conflict that has been raging in Colombia since 1964, particularly affecting rural provinces.

The post Governor of Colombia’s poorest province ’embezzled 1.5M from healthcare funds’ appeared first on .

- Advertisement -

Colombia Reports

- Advertisement -

FACT CHECK:
We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Related Articles

Gustavo Petro sworn in as president

QCOLOMBIA - Gustavo Petro, a former member of Colombia's M-19 guerrilla...

Arajet Begins Ticket Sales in Colombia

QCOLOMBIA - The first flight of the ultra-low-cost startup airline Arajet...
- paying the bills -

MOST READ

- paying the bills -

WANT TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST!

Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Colombia Reports