On Tuesday, the Salvadoran Prosecutor’s Office began raiding the Legislative Assembly to investigate accusations that the parliamentary branch has employees who don’t show up to work but get paid.
The raid began around noon on Tuesday at the Legislative’s Human Resources Management offices and the Financial Administrative Management.
German Arriaza, the Anti-Corruption Unit director, stated that documents and computer equipment would be seized to provide evidence in the investigation.
“We are in the initial stages of the investigation; we are going to collect all the information regarding people hired in the institution but who are not performing their functions,” said German Arriaza.
The attorney general, Raul Melara, said on Monday that he has an open investigation due to complaints about irregular hiring of personnel in the Legislative Branch.
The allegations of supposed ghost employees began at the end of last week when various press reports surfaced regarding some political parties transferring their temporary employees to institutional positions.
The transfer of political party’s employees to institutional positions is to shield said personnel whose employment contracts expire at the end of April.
Last week, the Legislative Assembly union denounced the existence of positions that have benefited members of the traditional political parties. They also assured that employees who they have never seen at the legislative offices have shown up at their offices and have requested union registration to avoid dismissals at the end of April.
Deputies from various political parties, mainly those who did not win re-election in the last elections on February 28, have not been surprised by the reports. Many legislators affirmed that each political party has personnel who earn salaries without actually showing up to work.
The raids continued on Wednesday. Prosecutors raided the offices of individual political parties located within the Legislative branch offices.
A CID Gallup survey released in early 2021 showed that Salvadorans consider the Salvadoran legislative branch the most corrupt institution in the country.
“We continue to carry out a search in the Legislative Assembly to clarify the existence of irregular employment positions and prosecute whoever has committed a crime. In this effort, we work in a coordinated manner with the accountability courts, and we will request the support of the CICIES,” said attorney general Raul Melara.