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Guatemalan ex-VP charged with corruption as scandal swirls

Guatemala's former vice-president Roxana Baldetti is pictured during a hearing in court in Guatemala City on August 24, 2015Guatemalan prosecutors formally charged former vice president Roxana Baldetti with corruption Monday, three days after she was arrested for allegedly masterminding a customs bribery ring with President Otto Perez. As angry protesters continued calling on the embattled president to resign, prosecutors told the court that Baldetti took a 50-percent cut on all illegally slashed customs payments, for a total of some $3.8 million between May 2014 and April 2015. The scandal erupted in April when a United Nations commission tasked with fighting high-level corruption in Guatemala accused one of Baldetti’s top aides, Juan Carlos Monzon, of running the bribery scheme.

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