The prosecutor in the case asked that the former AFIP head receive a sentence of four years and eight months in prison (Photo: TN capture).

The prosecutor Juan Garcia Elorrio requested the sentence of 4 years and eight months for the former AFIP head Ricardo Echegaray, and 4 and 4 months for entrepreneurs Cristóbal López and Fabián De Sousa. It is due to the non-payment of the fuel sales tax of the Oil Combustibles company.

The prosecutor also sought convictions for fraud from the administration and said that the estimated debt was 5,900 million pesos.

The prosecutor in the case asked that the former AFIP head receive a sentence of four years and eight months in prison (Photo: TN capture).

The businessman De Sousa asked the Federal Oral Court No. 3 to take the floor to denounce the “interference” of the government of Mauricio Macri in the case, by assuming that he was illegally heard while he was detained in the Ezeiza prison. Later, the Prosecutor’s Office concluded the allegation.

The former AFIP head was found guilty of “Fraudulent administration aggravated to the detriment of public administration.” To López and De Sousa “necessary participants”. The Justice also demanded the confiscation of property, reparation of the damage and a lifetime ban from holding public office.

“The tax money that was not paid to the AFIP was used to benefit private interests and the maneuver also allowed businessmen to benefit at the expense of the State, “said the prosecutor.

In the case they were investigated alleged irregularities in the granting of payment plans by the AFIP to Oil Combustibles, which did not deposit the tax on liquid fuels that it withheld from its customers.

The trial for the debt to the AFIP began on June 13, 2019.
The trial for the debt to the AFIP began on June 13, 2019.

“The sums were not entered in a timely manner to the treasury,” said García Elorrio in his accusation, after the AFIP withdrew as plaintiff in the case because the company entered into a payment plan. “Echegaray knew that what he did or did not do; it resulted in undue benefit for the coffers of De Sousa and López ”, he added.

“There was a maneuver in clear damage to the coffers of the State, based on criminal behavior. This conduct must be analyzed from the perspective of an act of corruption ”, he reiterated.

Cristóbal López, Ricardo Echegaray and Fabián De Sousa during the trial for the $ 8 billion fraud against AFIP (Photo: NA).
Cristóbal López, Ricardo Echegaray and Fabián De Sousa during the trial for the $ 8 billion fraud against AFIP (Photo: NA).

“A whole judicial, political and media process was mounted,” said De Sousa. One of the owners of the Indalo Group denounced that the wiretapping that served to give life to the case is certified as part of the case for illegal espionage that federal judge Marcelo Martínez De Giorgi is leading.

“Many of our strategies in order to get to the truth were always thwarted beforehand, with a precision that attracted a lot of attention,” De Sousa completed. The trial will continue on October 28 with the beginning of the defense arguments.

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