Florencia Kirchner yesterday denied allegations that she had a role in laundering dirty money into her parents’ hotel business.
In a written declaration to the court investigating the alleged crimes, the younger of the Kirchner siblings claimed that she had been the victim of a “fierce political, media and judicial persecution” against her family and the political movement that bares its name.
She also rejected the description of her family as an “illicit organisation” or “criminal gang”.
Investigators claim the Kirchner family, led by former presidents Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, was involved in laundering money from bribes stemming from funds destined for public works in Santa Cruz province, many of the contracts of which were awarded to the now-imprisoned businessmen Lázaro Báez.
They claim the money was funnelled into the Alto Calafate hotel, administered by the Kirchners’ Hotesur firm, in the form of fake room reservations. Florencia Kirchner maintained a low profile throughout her parents' presidencies.
However in 2016 investigators discovered over US$4 million in a bank account in her name, money they allege is related to alleged criminal activity within the Kirchner family.