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    Peru’s First Lady Launder Money to Fund Her Spouse’s Election Campaign?

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    The leader of the Peru’s Nationalist Party and the wife of the current head of the state has come under suspicion for allegedly using “illicit funds” for supporting the presidential bid of her husband, Ollanta Humala, during the 2006 and 2011 election races.

    Prosecutors will probe into allegations of Nadine Heredia’s possible participation in a money laundering scheme, AFP reported Friday.

    According to investigators, the spouse of the Peruvian leader received thousands of dollars in unreported transfers to her bank account over the course of roughly four years. During that exact period of time some firms from Venezuela reportedly directed illicit money to Peruvian head of state, AFP reported.

    Heredia in total received some $215,000, which was reportedly used to sponsor the presidential campaign of Ollanta Humala, who has won 2011 election.

    Investigators ordered handwriting analysts to check whether bank deposit slips had been signed by the first lady. For that purposes Heredia has to submit her handwriting probes as of period between 2006 and 2011.

    Hereida has repeatedly denied allegations of money-laundering, stressing she had "never received money from the coffers of the Venezuelan state."

    “Regarding the investigation there is nothing there! But because they have to accuse someone, they jump from irregular contracts with the state to money laundering,” Heredia wrote on her twitter account prior to re-opening of the inquiry.

    Initially, the alleged money laundering scheme was probed in 2009, but the case was closed in 2011.

    In January, 2015, the state prosecutor reopened the inquiry, but a judge ruled the investigation to be shut down later in June.

    So far, the polls have indicated that the president’s popularity rate had dropped by 13 percent amid the reopening of the probe.


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