Edgardo Maya elected as Colombia’s new Comptroller General

Posted on Aug 19 2014 - 1:33pm by Today News
Edgardo Maya

Edgardo Maya will replace former comptroller Sandra Morelli as Colombia’s highest fiscal watchdog on Tuesday, despite a recent harassment lawsuit and allegations of fraud, according to local media reports.

After president Santos announced Tuesday that he would vote for Edgardo Maya, the election tipped in his favor, despite originally favoring Gilberto Rondona, according to local newspaper El Espectador.

All three nominees for Comptroller General have been embroiled in corruption scandals, provoking a Green Alliance Party congresswoman to push for a blank vote last week in protest of the short-list, which also excluded women.

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Allegations of fraud, harassment

Colombia’s new fiscal watchdog was sued in 2013 for allegedly harassing an employee who reported Maya for “irregularities” such as collecting money for filing investigations. The harassment purportedly lasted from 1992 to 2001, but the suit was first filed in 2013. The Supreme Court refused to open a case against Maya because it exceeded the five year statute of limitations, according to La Fm radio station.

All three candidates have been at the center of corruption scandals:

Carlos Ballesteros

During his post as Chamber Representative of Santander from 1997 to 1998, Carlos Ardila Ballesteros was audited by the then comptroller Carlos Escobar. Escobar found that Ardila had authorized trips abroad that totaled $470,700, according to El Tiempo newspaper.

Gilberto Rondon

Gilberto Rondon was accused last week of accepting nearly $80,000 from criminal drug organization “Cartel de Cali” in exchange for delaying the extradition of drug kingpin Miguel Rodriguez, according to an article published in Las 2 Orillas. Rondon rejected the allegations and criticized “Las 2 Orillas” for publishing the story without any evidence.

Rondon was even quoted by RCN news as saying the allegations are “totally false, I have never had any relationship with him.”

However, just hours before the election new evidence surfaced, putting Rondon’s denials to shame.

On February 5, 2003 Gilberto Rodriquez was visited by his lawyer at 11 o’clock, data from a prison logbook obtained by RCN news shows. At exactly the same time Gilberto Rondon visited the prison. His name appears along with his fingerprint. Though the logbook did not specify who he was to meet with, RNC concluded that it proved Rondon indeed knew the Rodriquez brothers.

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