EX-TAX CHIEF GETS 8 YEARS.
Jerez lived in Miami for nearly 20 years before returning to Managua in 1997 to head the nation's tax collection agency. He was a power broker to then-President Aleman, who as head of Congress is now under house arrest for allegedly misusing more than US$100 million in public funds. Jerez was the first to fall in the anticorruption crusade led by President Enrique Bolanos;
Bolanos was Aleman's vice president. Once elected president, he made it his mission to go after Aleman, who allegedly used government coffers as a private slush fund. The probe against Aleman cost Bolanos the majority of his political support, and his own party has declared itself in opposition to him.
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|Title Annotation:||Byron Jerez|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Aug 1, 2003|
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