The magistrate Juan José Escalonilla has accused the founder of Podemos Juan Carlos Wallet in the case in which he investigates the party for alleged irregular financing, as confirmed by Information legal sources. The instructor cites him as being investigated after studying a UDEF report in which he warned of the charge in December 2018 of $ 30,000 for services provided to the Neurona consultancy. The political scientist is summoned to declare the next March, 15th after Eric Alfredo Guerrero Márquez appears as a witness, ‘The hummingbird’, identified by the party’s complainant as a person very close to the politician and who would have drawn up the contracts with the consulting firm.
The head of the Investigating Court number 42 agrees to this diligence after studying a report from the Judicial Police in which it is noted that Monedero received 26,200 euros under the concept of “300 hours of face-to-face consulting Buenos Aires, Colombia and Mexico“. The magistrate, who has kept this line of investigation under wraps until now, points out that in the bill that he now puts under the magnifying glass it appears as the issuer Neurona Consulting when the “logical” It would have been that if it was Monedero who provided the service, it had been issued by him. Likewise Escalonilla, which investigates whether behind the Podemos contracts to Neurona there was a real job, adds that the promissory note is dated Sunday, December 30, 2018. “It is invoice number 1, which allows rationally to conclude based on the date that a single day after the end of the year no more have been issued and, therefore, has had no activity“Exposed the instructor.
Making ‘ad hoc’
“To the above, it should be added, as indicated by the acting force, the regularity of the emission of fake invoices under the protection of the alleged performance of advisory services, as it is a difficult service to verify. It can be concluded that said document was elaborated ‘ad hoc’ to justify said entry into said bank account not meeting the requirements of an invoice, “concluded the judge before citing Monedero as a defendant. He says that the charge he received “was related to the later foundation“of Neurona in Spain since the firm, of Mexican origin, was formally registered in Seville on April 4, 2019, just a few weeks before the general elections of 29-A for which this company was hired.
Although the defendants in these criminal proceedings have reiterated that the payments close to 400,000 euros correspond to real services, both the Prosecutor’s Office and the examining magistrate suspect the true employment relationship Between the parts. In fact, in one of her last briefs, the representative of the Public Ministry stated that, seven months after the start of this case, it has not been possible to determine which workers had Neurona, how long they were in Spain, if they moved from Mexico and where they stayed to carry out the contracted work. The training led by Pablo Iglesias, meanwhile, gave the court a total of 1,471 products (between recordings and documents) in order to prove that the invoices totaling 363,000 euros were real.
Although the person in charge of communication of Podemos, Juanma del Olmo, explained in his interrogation in court that they began to work with this company after Cesar Hernandez contacted him in 2018, Magistrate Escalonilla suspects that Monedero played an active role in the matter. In fact, he considers that whoever was an advisor to Hugo Chávez “was related” to the constitution of the firm in Spain and with the hiring of the United We Can coalition for the mid-2019 elections. To all this is added the brief recently presented by the former head of Regulatory Compliance Monica Carmona at the request of the instructor.
The lawyer, who stated as a witness that she was fired for denouncing a series of irregularities, supported in her letter the complaint presented by the lawyer who was also purged from training, José Manuel Calvente, which was the one that gave rise to this procedure. According to him, after reviewing the folders on his computer, he found an annotation that made reference to the contracts with Neurona and ABD Europa they had been created by a certain ‘Eric’, which they identified as an employee of Podemos and “friend” of Wallet. “This is stated in the metadata of the pdf file that Mr. Calvente received, which I am now communicating to this court in case it is of interest for the investigation,” he stated. This employee, known as Hummingbird, will testify before the magistrate for these facts.
Source: LA INFORMACIÓN – Lo último by www.lainformacion.com.
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