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INS’s 2002 Donation for Schools is Still Missing
• Donation amounted to almost ¢41 million colones
• The Asociación de Juegos Deportivos Nacionales was the organization responsible for financing

By Oliver Pérez

Nicoya’s Colegio Agropecuario and the Escuela de San Martín are still waiting for the almost ¢41 million colones donation that was made by the Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS) in 2002 for the improvement of their sports facilities.

The donation was made through check number 33032-9 for ¢100 million colones, which were never deposited into the Banco Nacional’s account number 013-004234-6, as it had been agreed. Instead, the money was placed in a trading post at the Bolsa Nacional de Valores. This was confirmed by report number 042-2002, which was issued by the INS’s Internal Auditing department on June 5th, 2002.

Eight years ago, the insurance company donated ¢100 million colones to Nicoya’s Asociación de Juegos Deportivos Nacionales (Association of the National Games), in order to finance the competitions that were held at the colonial city. The agreement stated that out of the total amount of the donation, ¢40,9 million colones should be assigned to the restoration of the gyms at the Liceo de Nicoya, the Colegio Técnico Agropecuario and the Escuela del Barrio San Martín, which never happened.

“The Association (of National Games) failed to fulfill its obligation of depositing the donation into a bank account, regardless of the sums that were drawn by the INS so that the Internal Auditing could proceed with the stipulated revisions”, stated the document.

According to a note sent by the INS’s Auditor (dated June 5th, 2002), Leonel Fernández, to the autonomous institution’s Assistant Manager, a portion of the donation was used “for other purposes”. This caused the insurance company’s officials to present the case to the Ministerio Público on June, 2003, but currently the case is still under investigation.

For the former Legislator, Emanuel Ajoy, who was then President of the Organizing Committee for the National Games, the schools did not receive the money because a change in the destination of the funds was suggested to the INS. “They agreed with it”, he assured us during an interview held by this same journalist on August 15th, 2005. However, according to the report presented by the INS’s Auditor, there was never any other type of agreement besides the one that had initially been signed.

To this date, former Legislator Ajoy has not presented any documents regarding such an agreement with the INS, in relation to a change in the donation’s destination, to us.

On the other hand, Germán Cuevillas, also a former President (of the National Games Committee) and former Mayor of the colonial city, alleged that during his time in office “not a single cent was touched”.
On several occasions, the VON attempted to communicate with the INS’s Assistant Manager but, at press time, they had not answered any of the questions that were posed in regards to the investigation’s progress.

The Agreement
The agreement signed by the INS and the Asociación de Juegos Nacionales de Nicoya 2002 stated that ¢40,9 million out of the ¢100 million colones that were donated for the Games should be assigned for the improvement of the sports facilities located at three schools in Nicoya, but this never took place.

According to the Institution’s Internal Auditing, they went ahead with the donation without having the corresponding ratification from the Contraloría General de la República (National Comptroller’s Office), although this was required in the IV subsection of the signed agreement. The Comptroller’s authorization was finally given on March 2nd, 2002 but the check had been submitted to the Association on January 10th, 2002.

Since the ¢100 million colones were never deposited into a separate account --as was established in the agreement--, the INS’s Internal Auditing department was unable to exert an adequate accounting control over the money.

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