Customs and the Argentine Federal Police This Wednesday afternoon they carried out two procedures against financial caves to control the rise of the free dollar. In the first of them, on the 12th floor of a building on 1400 Juramento Avenue in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Belgrano, the PFA Anti-Fraud Division found Leonardo Fariñathe repentant who pointed out Lázaro Báez in the “K money route” case.
So, Fariña was arrested on the spotas confirmed by sources in the case Infobaewith a file against him by the economic criminal judge Pablo Yadarola for the crimes of violation of the Foreign Exchange Criminal Regime Law. Federal Police agents then took him away in handcuffs.
Four other people who were with the former financier were also arrested. The investigations of the five detainees will be this Friday. Investigators found boxes and suitcases containing millions of pesos at the scene.
The head of the PFA, Alexander Rememberwould explain to the press that two of the detainees sought to escape as soon as the Police announced themselves in the 12th floor apartment.
“They tried to pack one of the suitcases that had been seized with money for the next apartment. There is an internal balcony, where it is easy to move from one place to another, and at that time They were trying to leak the evidence“said the police chief at the door of the building where the raid occurred in Belgrano.
For this reason, according to the head of the PFA, upon hearing the commotion inside the property, the apartment door was kicked down. A large amount of cash, mainly Argentine pesos, was seized at the scene. According to Customs sources, the amount would amount to $500 million.
Fariña remained silent while he was arrested. Several researchers point out that he could be the owner of the cave. The alias of “El Pela” or “El Pelado” appears repeatedly in the file that led to the raid. Now, an attempt is being made to clarify whether “Pela” is the financier and ex-husband of Karina Jelinek. His lawyers denied it.
The men who presented themselves as his defenders told the press: “He was left incommunicado. The only thing we know is that this place is not his.”. And they explained that she has the ankle bracelet imposed by Federal Oral Court No. 4 and is not prohibited from leaving her home.
And the lawyers added that can move within a radius of 150 kilometers and that he has employment “as a financial advisor” declared before the Justice: “He doesn’t work here”they clarified.
Another research hypothesis points to the alleged head of the cave to a man whose initials are DB, a 54-year-old monotributista who does not belong to business companies or has a blank salary. Even so, he lives in a mansion in San Isidro, with a tax address in Martínez.
“This important raid is a detachment from the investigations that arose after disrupting the operation of the financier known as ‘El Croata’, one of the largest caves in the city of Buenos Aires. I want to highlight the work of the judge Pablo Yadarola who is working on these procedures with speed and professionalism,” he said in dialogue with Infobae Guillermo MichelDirector General of Customs.
The same Division of the PFA, which belongs to the Superintendence of Federal Investigations, He also raided another cave in Las Cañitaslocated at 1,100 Luis María Campos Avenue, in a case under the orders of the Economic Criminal Court No. 9, in charge of Maria Veronica Straccia.
There, a 63-year-old man was identified and kidnapped. 22 million pesos, 15 thousand dollars and one thousand eurosas well as gold coins, eight bill-counting machines, a computer and documentation of interest to the cause.
They came to him after weeks ago the PFA detected that in an “alleged Jewelry Store in Las Cañitas exchange operations were carried out without the corresponding authorization from the Central Bank.”
Leonardo Fariña left the Ezeiza prison in December 2017, in which he was detained for tax evasion. Justice granted the request for release presented by his defense after a statement made before the judge Sebastian Casanello and the prosecutor Guillermo Marijuan in the K money route case.
Thus, he returned to the street, with the electronic monitoring anklet from the Federal Penitentiary Service that he wears until today, when he was detained again.
This year, Fariña had a new appearance in the Comodoro Py courtswhen he testified at the beginning of September in the trial for the purchase of the “El Entrevero” field, in Uruguay, which is being held before the Federal Oral Court No. 4, with Lázaro Báez as the main defendant.
“All the defendants knew that the investor was Lázaro Báez”Fariña said.
For that 152 hectare field, located between José Ignacio and La Barra, they paid 14 million dollars. However, Fariña revealed that in reality there were payments of more than 16 million.
“According to the deed, $14,109,340 were paid, but if we add what does not appear in the papers we reach $16 million. “They told me that the field was worth 16 or 16.5 million,” said the repentant.
Fariña this Wednesday He was detained in the cave for four hours which worked in the apartment on Juramento Street, until the Federal Police agents took it away at 8:40 p.m. to the Central Police Department to complete rigorous procedures.
He could be locked up in a PFA cell, awaiting his transfer to the Retirement Courts for his inquirywhich will be this Friday, according to what he learned Infobae.
The money account in the Juramento cave continued at the closing of this note.
/*Photos: Franco Fafasuli
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