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Former prosecutor arrested for alleged embezzlement of $2.5 million from Honduras’ Central Bank

Former prosecutor arrested for alleged embezzlement of $2.5 million from Honduras' Central Bank
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December 1 |

Former prosecutor Francia Sofía Medina, who previously served at the Special Prosecutor’s Office against Organized Crime (Fescco) in Honduras, has been apprehended by members of the Technical Criminal Investigation Agency (ATIC). She is accused of the alleged embezzlement of approximately $2.5 million from the country’s Central Bank (BCH).

Investigations reveal that these withdrawals took place over the past two years without informing higher authorities within the Public Ministry. She faces charges of money laundering, abuse of authority, and the misappropriation, destruction, concealment, or disablement of documents in custody.

Furthermore, authorities conducted a search on Wednesday at the prosecutor’s residence in San Pedro Sula, Cortés, in the northern part of the country, seeking additional evidence.

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Despite being on medical leave since July 2023, Medina submitted two additional refund requests to the Central Bank, which were processed without following proper administrative procedures.

However, the financial institution claims to have documentation supporting all deposits and withdrawals, serving as guarantees requested by authorized prosecutors from the Public Ministry. This information has been provided to the authorities through the San Pedro Sula branch.

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