The complaint says the agency paid $163,000 for the rims, while the company itself, Free Port Pty, purchased them for $52,000 from a local supplier. Free Port Pty is owned by Charles Sadat Bonilla Ojeda, a friend of Rafael Guardia Juárez. He, in turn, is the son of former PAN Director Rafael Guardia Jaén.
An inspection of the PAN also determined that the agency only has possession of 68 of the rims. The others could not be found.
Prosecutor Zuleyka Moore, who is investigating the matter, also said that the purchase was made without going through a bidding process, which was unusual due to the abundance of local providers.
A preliminary hearing will be held in the case today before the 15th Criminal Court.
Prosecutors are also investigating other deals between the PAN and Bonilla Ojeda. The businessman was another $441,746 worth of contracts from the agency while Guardia Jaén was in power.