• Peru reopens money laundering probe vs first lady


    LIMA: Prosecutors announced Friday (Saturday in Manila) they have reopened a money laundering investigation against Peru’s first lady Nadine Heredia. Heredia, the wife of President Ollanta Humala, is accused of having received thousands of dollars in unexplained income several years ago — around the same time her husband allegedly received illicit funds from various Venezuelan companies. Prosecutors said the funds that were allegedly deposited into Heredia’s bank account totaled some $215,000 and were used by her husband to finance his presidential campaign. “Prosecutor German Juarez has ordered the expansion of an investigation to determine if there is probable cause for the alleged crime by Mrs Nadine Heredia of money laundering during the campaigns of 2006 and 2011,” a statement said. All the funds ended up in the account of Heredia, who is also chair of Peru’s Nationalist Party and a potential candidate herself when the South American nation holds its next presidential election in April 2016.



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