|Cristóbal Salerno Balestra|
Evidence of massive corruption, committed by former Panamanian President, Ricardo Martinelli, while in office, continues to stun Panamanians. Cristóbal "Tobin" Salerno Balestra, who ran Cobranzas del Istmo, SA, a Panamanian company that collected delinquent taxes on behalf of the General Revenue Department, has testified that he delivered bags of cash, each containing $400-$600,000, every three months, to the offices of former President Martinelli's Super 99 supermarket chain. Salerno's company earned an estimated $45m during a four year period; he is being held under house arrest, on order of the Corruption Prosecutor's Office.
Salerno also testified that he gave Martinelli a check for $900,000, as a kickback for the lucrative business, awarded to him by Martinelli, in a no-bid contract. Martinelli's present location is unknown, though his publicists swear that he is living in the United States. He even has posted "evidence" of his purchase of a luxury automobile in Miami, though most believe he is in hiding on an estate he purchased in Paraguay.
|Martinelli allegedy buying a Lexus in North Miami|