Asset Recovery Watch

Carlos Perla
El Salvador
Former head of the Salvadoran water authority, ANDA (Administracion Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados) (1994-2002)
Undertaking Recovery Effort, Location of Recovery Effort, Asset Location / Alleged Asset Location
Art.15, Art.17
Actions Initiated by Foreign Jurisdiction
Ongoing Case
Investigation/Asset Tracing/Asset Restraint
$2,200,000 (Secondary Source)

According to a November 4, 2010 article by, 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:, "FGR busca recupar dinero de Carlos Perla," November 4, 2010, posted at 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.)

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

Attorney General
Court of Accounts (Corte de Cuentas) [secondary source]
Prosecutor General