Hiring scandal in Naranjo results in office search

Judicial agents and prosecutors searched the municipal offices in Naranjo Thursday in an investigation of nepotism in the hiring of employees.

The Poder Judicial confirmed the action and said that the offices searched included human resources and the one belonging to the mayor. By midday 22 computers had been confiscated.

The Poder Judicial said that the investigation was sparked by the municipal auditors who said in January that individuals may have been appointed to jobs illegally.

The Poder Judicial said that the allegations are the employees of the municipality had not received pay raises for three years because there were extra persons on the payroll illegally. The municipality also has a major budget deficit.

The investigation will seek to determine if the suspect employees are family members or persons who received their positions as political favors, said the Poder Judicial. No arrests have been made.

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