In 2012, the defendants took part in a scam when the Defense Ministry invited several companies to carry out an arms swap. This deal consisted of exchanging obsolete weapons for specific military weapons or equipment.
Justice Minister Rogelio Rivas explained that the accused used "experts" who set prices of US$30 and US$50 to weapons, although they were just supposed to swap them. The entire fraud represented a loss of US$2 million to the country.
Atilio will have to face another trial for arms trafficking, which began to take shape when the Legislative Assembly removed the diplomatic immunity that he had since he was El Salvador's ambassador to Germany in 2016.
This is also the second time authorities have arrested Munguia as he was under house arrest after facing charges of gang ties.