President Correa says presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso’s offshore companies must be investigated

President Rafael Correa during a briefing in Machala. Photo: Presidency

Quito, March 17 (Andes).- President Rafael Correa affirmed banker and now presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso should be investigated for having tens of companies in tax havens, according to information published by Argentinian newspaper “Pagina 12”.

According to the Argentinian newspaper, presidential candidate Lasso “left his mark in tax havens in Panama, Caiman and Delaware with 49 offshore companies with other names that hide his identity and that of his family.”

“This is really serious. I don’t know if there are illegal things, the IRS should investigate if he has evaded taxes. All of this is not legal and even worst for someone who wants to become president and he says he will create a million jobs,” said the president during a briefing.

The Argentinian newspaper’s investigation states that only in one year, between 1999 and 2000, Lasso’s fortune went from 1 million to 31 million dollars, “thanks to speculation with bonds issued after the banking crisis.”

“There people who are so poor that all they have is money. They’re slaves of their money. How stressful for them to try to hide their wealth,” he claimed.