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Prosecutors search bank headquarters

They were seeking evidence connected to a controversial loan made by the entity.

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Prosecutors Thursday carried out an inspection of the offices of Caja de Ahorros looking for evidence in connection with an investigation into a loan made by the state-owned bank to the contractor working on the failed convention center project in Amador.

In that inspection, the prosecutors obtained a $7 million check that was used to transfer funds from CA to an account at Banco Universal. That account was owned by the shell company Summer Venture, which has been connected to Felipe Virzi and Ricardo Calvo. Both are close associates of former President Ricardo Martinelli and have been linked to a number of corruption investigations. Also, neither man had any connection to the Amador project which would have justified the payment.

Prosecutors say that the money was subsequently moved to an account at the failed brokerage house Financial Pacific. 

The prosecutors were also seeking information about the approval process for the loan, and the involvement of former bank officials. Two of those former officials, board member Fernando Correa and Manager Jayson Pastor, were questioned Thursday while the inspection was being conducted.

Thursday's inspection of the bank's headquarters was the second made by prosecutors this week of the offices, with the first taking place Wednesday.

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