Former Argentine ambassador to the United States Cecilia Nahón has rejected accusations she committed fraud, saying the indictment against her forms part of a “political persecution” against former officials of the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration.
A federal court in Buenos Aires City on Tuesday indicted the former ambassador, who served from 2012 to 2015, during Fernández de Kirchner’s presidency, for alleged fraud committed at the Embassy in Washington.
Prosecutors allege that she pressured a former official to receive money from unworked overtime and hired a nanny using public money.
“The case stemming from a malicious complaint made by #GracielaNoResponde (Graciela Does Not Answer) Ocaña, in which she falsely accuses me of irregular diversion of funds in the contracts of personnel at the Foreign Ministry and the Argentine Embassy in Washington between 2011 and 2015 has no basis”, Nahón tweeted.
The former ambassador argued that a court had previously dismissed the complain against her for hiring a nanny and that the accusations surrounding the payment of overtime “was out of my control in a national secretariat with 500 employees”.
Under siege, Nahón took the opportunity to attack lawmaker Graciela Ocaña, who made the complaint, for her silence about allegations made recently that the Cambiemos (Let’s Change) congressional coalition falsified donation receipts using the names and details of low-income welfare recipients, during its 2017 mid-term election campaign in Buenos Aires province.
Ocaña “has not given society any explanation about the serious accusations linked to the financing of her electoral campaign”, Nahón wrote.
She said Ocaña was part of a government that is carrying out “political persecution against officials from the former government” of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.