Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A 653,000 euro black hole

Aurelio Murcia says that there is a “black hole” of 653,079 euros in Bigastro’s accounts which relates to payments made between 2005 and 2009 for plots in Sector D-6. This happened when the council was under control of the socialists – first with José Joaquín Moya as mayor and then his successor, Raúl Valerio Medina.

The money was paid by the owners but was not recorded in the town’s accounts and nor was is shown in the town’s bank accounts.

When Aurelio Murcia took over Urban Planning as part of the coalition, the accounts for Sector D-6 were in chaos. He therefore asked the owners of plots for documentary evidence of the payments they had made which is when he discovered the “black hole”. As he says, not all owners provided documentation so in fact the amount may be even greater.

According to Murcia, of the 3,607,472 euros paid during that period, only 2,891,116 was credited to the bank account and recorded. A further 37,768 euros were paid into the bank but were not reflected in the municipal accounts and 25,502 euros were paid in cash. That still leaves 653,079 which cannot be accounted for.

Along with blaming José Joaquín Moya and Raúl Valerio Medina, Aurelio Murcia says that the present mayor, Charo Bañuls  should have made these facts known to the anti-corruption prosecutor.

For his part, Raúl Valerio Medina claims he has not seen the documentation that Murcia refers to but says that, since the owners are not shown as debtors, the money they paid must have been invested in sector D-6. There is therefore nothing to hide.

This kind of issue shows that the town was either run by amateurs who had no idea what they were doing or it could expose a massive fraud. 

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