Police arrest four accused of stealing US$223,000 in family home robbery

The National Police announced on Friday, 28 July 2017, the arrest of four men accused of being part of a gang, including five other persons, that allegedly stole US$223,000 from a Los Ríos residence in Santo Domingo. The arrested are Jorge Luis Valdez Figuereo, Salvador Antonio López (alias Pinguilo), Cuban Junior Correa González, and Matías […]

Charcoal sales continue in Barahona

A report in El Nacional reveals that despite efforts by the government, the sale of illegally manufactured charcoal continues strong in Enriquillo, in the southwest part of the country. The report explains that despite the efforts of the Ministry of Environment the destruction of forests to produce charcoal and its commercialization continue. The Ministry reported […]

Customs seizes 7-million units of contraband cigarettes

A contraband shipment of 700 boxes of 10,000 units each of Patroncito Menthol cigarettes from Panama was seized at Haina Oriental port. The shipment was coming from Panama, said the General Customs Agency (DGA). The merchandise was not declared and was camouflaged with water bottles. The shipment should have paid RD$95 million in taxes. The […]

El País story says Brazilian call girls were used to increase Odebrecht’s sales

The airwaves were ablaze on Friday as talk shows covered from end to end the El País Spanish newspaper story that revealed that Odebrecht paid for parties with women brought from Brazil to “entertain” politicians in the Dominican Republic. Odebrecht legal advisor, Rodrigo Tacla, is being tried for complicity, money laundering and criminal organization in […]

Central Bank releases RD$20 billion from bank legal reserve

On Thursday, 27 July 2017, the Monetary Board approved that commercial banks be able to use RD$20 billion from the bank’s legal reserves to make low interest loans at a maximum of 8% interest to finance productive sectors, including manufacturing, small business and exports. Mortgage loans are capped at 9% because of the longer terms. […]

Minister of Interior and Police urges Haiti to provide documents to its citizens

Minister of Interior and Police Carlos Amarante Baret demanded that the government of Haiti fulfill its responsibility of providing legal documents to their nationals so that Haitians who have applied under the National Foreigner Status Legalization Plan (PNRE) in the Dominican Republic can complete their paperwork. Amarante urged that President of Haiti Jovenel Moise help […]