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Guatemala alleges fraud in disaster relief

Friday, September 30, 2016

Guatemalan authorities have broken up a group that sold the government millions of dollars' worth of contraband corn and beans, some of it not fit for human consumption.

Attorney General Thelma Aldana said the purchases were made in 2014 after the government made a disaster declaration because of heavy rains in some areas and drought in others threatened the food supply. The government spent $66 million on the grains, and those involved in the scheme allegedly cleared $5 million in profit.

Source: Associated Press