Peru Auditor Says At Least $25.24 Million Lost In Last Two years

The Peruvian state has lost more than 68.94 million soles (approximately $25.24 million) during the last two years of ex-President Alan Garcia’s administration, according to a report by the comptroller general, Fuad Khoury.

Khoury said that the figure only refers to works that have been audited so far, including social programs, roads and draining projects, and that the figure could easily increase, daily La Republica reported.

The government’s Integrated Health Insurance, or SIS, saw “excessive” payments of 27 million soles between January 2009 and July 2011, when Garcia left office.

Another agency that saw irregular payments was state water agency Sedapal, which spent an extra 12. 5 million soles on the construction of a Northern Interceptor.

Khoury – who earlier this week said that more than 10,000 public employees were involved in the irregularities – said the regional government of Ancash had losses of 5.7 million soles. Meanwhile, seven other local governments had losses of 6.15 million soles on infrastructure works.

A state water program called Agua Para Todos (Water For All) had losses in Ica region of 2.1 million soles due to the changing of pipes.

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