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Guatemalan judge freezes bank accounts of ex-vice president who quit amid corruption scandal

FILE - In this April 19, 2015 file photo, Guatemala's Vice President Roxana Baldetti arrives to a press conference at the presidential house in Guatemala City. A Guatemalan court has frozen bank accounts linked to former Vice President Roxana Baldetti, who resigned in May after a corruption scandal that reached into her office. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

FILE - In this April 19, 2015 file photo, Guatemala's Vice President Roxana Baldetti arrives to a press conference at the presidential house in Guatemala City. A Guatemalan court has frozen bank accounts linked to former Vice President Roxana Baldetti, who resigned in May after a corruption scandal that reached into her office. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)  (The Associated Press)

A Guatemalan judge on Friday froze bank accounts linked to former Vice President Roxana Baldetti, who resigned this month after a corruption scandal reached into her office.

Judge Marco Villeda's order covers seven accounts containing some $850,000. Villeda said he also froze accounts totaling $1.7 million registered to suspects jailed in the investigation.

Baldetti has not been charged in the alleged scheme in which officials are said to have accepted bribes to lower customs duties. Her former private secretary has been named as the purported mastermind.

Authorities earlier raided 14 properties linked to Baldetti, seizing computers and documents. She has denied any wrongdoing.