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Carlos Perla

Jurisdiction of Origin : 
Position of Public Officials/Persons (Years in Office): 
Former head of the Salvadoran water authority, ANDA (Administracion Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados) (1994-2002)
Jurisdiction of Recovery Effort / Asset Location: 
Jurisidction of Asset Recovery - Description: 
Undertaking Recovery Effort, Location of Recovery Effort, Asset Location / Alleged Asset Location
Recovery Start (Year): 
2004
Recovery End (Year): 
Ongoing
UNCAC Offenses Implicated: 
Money laundering Implicated?: 
No
Status of Asset Recovery : 
Ongoing
Asset Recovery Chain - Placement : 
Investigation/Asset Tracing/Asset Restraint
Assets Frozen (USD): 
$2,200,000 (Secondary Source)
Disposition of Criminal Case(s): 

According to La Prensa, in July 2007 in El Salvador, Mr. Perla was sentenced to fifteen years' imprisonment, following his conviction on embezzlement charges. (Source: Suchit Chavez and Jessica Avalos, "Carlos Perla y Mario Orellana. candidatos a quedar en libertad," La Prensa Grafica, February 10, 2011, accessed at http://www.laprensagrafica.com/el-salvador/judicial/170762-carlos-perla-....)

Summary: 

According to a November 4, 2010 article by elsalvador.com, El Salvador was seeking to have returned the $2.2 million frozen in the Panamanian bank accounts of Carlos Perla, the former head of the Salvadoran water authority, ANDA (Administracion Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados). El Salvador had made the request to have the funds frozen in 2004. (Source: elsalvador.com, "FGR busca recupar dinero de Carlos Perla," November 4, 2010, posted at http://www.elsalvador.com/mwedh/nota/nota_completa.asp?idCat=6358&idArt=....) In 2006, the U.S. Department of State had written in a report to Congress that "[i]n El Salvador, the new Court of Accounts (Corte de Cuentas) conducted regular audits of public officials and employees with a view to preventing and sanctioning acts of corruption. As a result, El Salvador's attorney general has started numerous corruption-related prosecutions. The highest profile case is that of Carlos Perla, ex-president of the Salvadoran Water Authority (ANDA), who was accused of misappropriating $31 million during his tenure." (Source: U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs,"Sixth Annual Report to Congress on the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption," April 1, 2006.)

Contributing Factors in Asset Recovery: 
Ongoing Case
Agreement / Arrangement re: Returned Assets?: 
Ongoing
Agreement / Arrangment re: Returned Assets (Explanation): 
N/A
Intl Cooperation Mechanism: MLAT/Letter of Request: 
Unknown
Basis for Intl Cooperation Mechanism: 
Unknown
Investigating Agency (JO): 
Unknown
ProsecAuth/Civil Atty (JO): 
Attorney General
Courts Involved (JO): 
Court of Accounts (Corte de Cuentas) [secondary source]
Investigative Agency (JAR): 
Unknown
ProsecAuth/Civil Atty (JAR): 
Prosecutor General
Courts Involved (JAR): 
Unknown
Sources : 

elsalvador.com, "FGR busca recupar dinero de Carlos Perla," November 4, 2010, posted at http://www.elsalvador.com/mwedh/nota/nota_completa.asp?idCat=6358&idArt=...

Suchit Chavez and Jessica Avalos, "Carlos Perla y Mario Orellana. candidatos a quedar en libertad," La Prensa Grafica, February 10, 2011, accessed at http://www.laprensagrafica.com/el-salvador/judicial/170762-carlos-perla-...

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs,"Sixth Annual Report to Congress on the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption," April 1, 2006, accessed at http://www.state.gov/p/inl/rls/rpt/67758.htm.