According to Zuniga, the former minister used the entity's funds for his personal benefit.
Zúñiga also pointed out that the former minister, who served in the government of Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014), did not properly implement programs for disease prevention and patient care. He said this caused an increase in mortality rates in the country.
"Instead of providing better care to the population, all [Vergara] did is benefit himself," he said.
The Public Ministry had previously opened an investigation into Vergara for alleged unjustified enrichment. As part of that investigaton, he is being audited by the Office of the Comptroller.
There are allegations that Vergara increased his wealth by at least $1 million while in office, while close family members also acquired significant assets.