Bolivian Minister Arrested on Suspicion of Buying Overpriced Ventilators

The ventilators were said to have been purchased for three times the regular cost, paid for by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Four other cabinet officials were arrested and removed from office.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Bolivia's Minister of Health, Marcelo Navajas, was arrested on Wednesday, May 20th, and removed from office for involvement in an alleged overbilling scheme in the purchase of 170 ventilators from a Spanish company, acquired for the treatment of the novel coronavirus.

He was arrested and gave his testimony at the Special Force Against Crime's (FELCC) headquarters in La Paz, Bolivia. Four other cabinet officials were also arrested and removed from office.

The ventilators were said to have been purchased for three times the regular cost, paid for by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB . . .

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