Guyana officials suspected of using state funds for homes

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Officials in Guyana say a former Cabinet secretary and the daughter of a former president have been arrested on suspicion of illegally using state resources to build palatial homes for former top officials.

Roger Luncheon was secretary of the South American nation's Cabinet and head of its defense board from 1992 to 2015. He was taken to police headquarters Tuesday and questioned about the alleged undervaluing of a tract of land where former officials own homes.

Prosecutors have alleged that millions of dollars in state cash was used to develop the land and install infrastructure for the officials to build private homes.

The Special Organized Crime Unit says it has also arrested Lisaveta Ramotar, the daughter of former President Donald Ramotar.

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