On Monday Peru’s courts sentenced several former Petroperu officials, after finding them guilty of conspiracy for the illegal smuggling of jet fuel between 2002 and 2004, in collaboration with representatives from Business Oil Corporation (Boilcorsac.)
According to Peru21, the country’s Fourth Criminal Court sentenced Carlos Emilia Alavedra, the company’s former head of commercial operations, to fours years; and sentenced Jaime Alberto Santillana, former head of sales, to three years in prison.
Carlos Wilfredo Ruiz, Eduardo Roberto McBride, and Carlos Rafael Negron were also sentenced to 4 years for their part in forging of documents.
Marco Polo Negro Castillo, a Boilcorsac employee, was sentenced to five years.
According to Peru21, the Petroperu representatives had conspired with Boilcorsac employees between 2002 and 2004, so that the latter company could operate as a wholesale distributor of Turbo Jet A-1 fuel, and be exempt from paying excise taxes by selling the fuel as kerosene.
According to Gestión, the defendants have appealed the ruling, and the case will be taken to the Supreme Court in March.