By doing so, the right-wing politician managed to reduce the payment of a special contribution that the Ecuadorian state established to help the people affected by the earthquake that hit Manabi on April 16, 2016.
According to the Ecuadorian Criminal Code, tax fraud occurs when a person "simulates, hides, omits, misrepresents, or deceives during the determination of tax obligations". This crime is punishable with a prison term of up to seven years.
Recently, international and local outlets also revealed that the CREO candidate is linked to hiding assets in tax havens. On April 11, however, Lasso will try to defeat the Union for Hope (UNES) candidate Andres Arauz, a young leftist economist who leads the polls of electoral preferences.
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