GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemalan prosecutors have announced the arrest of several business executives and former government officials implicated in a tax-refund scheme.

The special prosecutor against corruption says those arrested include a former top official of the country’s tax collection agency.

Prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval alleged Thursday that the official charged commissions to provide tax refunds for seven businessmen who are also suspects.

The arrests are connected to a scheme that netted business executives about $10 million. Getting tax refunds in Guatemala is often a lengthy process and the officials and businessmen allegedly charged commissions to speed things up.