Former President Kirchner and Son Charged with Unjust Enrichment

Cristina and M√°ximo Kirchner
Prosecutors are investigating Máximo and Cristina Kirchner in other corruption cases. (Infobae)

Espa√ĪolMonday, April 2, Federal Prosecutor¬†Carlos R√≠volo issued¬†criminal charges against former Argentina President¬†Cristina Kirchner¬†and her son M√°ximo for¬†unjust enrichment and falsifying public documents related to¬†the family’s real estate business Los Sauces.

This is¬†the first charge against the ex-president’s son. M√°ximo Kirchner, a national congressman for the Santa Cruz province had already been accused by Leonardo Fari√Īa of covering up information related to a¬†money laundering scheme, but was not called to testify and was ultimately not charged.

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The Los Sauces estate is owned by¬†Cristina Kirchner, M√°ximo Kirchner and Florencia Kirchner ‚ÄĒ along with¬†L√°zaro B√°ez who was arrested this week for money laundering ‚ÄĒ and¬†Crist√≥bal L√≥pez.

The prosecutor’s decision in the Los Sauces case comes as a result of a complaint filed on April 4 by Congresswoman Margarita Stolbizer ‚ÄĒ the National Deputy of the Generaci√≥n para un Encuentro Nacional Party ‚ÄĒ who noted that the¬†Kirchners leased real estate companies Investor M&S¬†and¬†Alkali de la Patagonia from¬†Crist√≥bal L√≥pez, and¬†Loscalzo y del Curto, Kank y Costilla and¬†Loscalzo y del Curto¬†from¬†L√°zaro B√°ez.

“With¬†Los Sauces, favors were returned to L√°zaro B√°ez and Crist√≥bal L√≥pez through rental properties,” said¬†Stolbizer in the complaint.

“In 2007 and 2008, the business did not announce¬†its earnings since there were no records of its operations. The following year, 2009, without having operated before, the investments in real estate were more than AR$9 million (US $634,000)”¬†Stolbizer said.

The congresswoman pointed out that for 2012, Los Sauces’s investments in real estate and land surpassed AR$10 million (US $705,000), causing “even more links to appear between the Kirchner business and the businesses of¬†Crist√≥bal L√≥pez and L√°zaro B√°ez.”

The former president also faces accusations in a money laundering scheme on top of being investigated in the “Hotesur” case.

Fuentes: La Nación, Infobae.

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