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ARGENTINA | 29-06-2018 09:50

Cambiemos donor receipt scandal gains momentum in Judiciary

Cambiemos is alleged to have laundered money by falsifying donation receipts using the names and details of low-income welfare recipients.

An investigation into the financial activity of the Cambiemos (Let’s Change) congressional coalition during its 2017 mid-term election campaign in Buenos Aires province is gaining ground in the Judiciary.

Cambiemos — the coalition that secured Mauricio Macri’s 2015 presidential win — is alleged to have funnelled money by falsifying donation receipts using the names and details of low-income welfare recipients.

These fake donors gave between AR$ 300 to AR$ 1,500 for a total of at least AR $300,000, the news site El Destape reported.

The money was then allegedly used to fund the campaigns of candidates Gladys González, Esteban Bullrich, Graciela Ocaña, and Héctor “Toty” Flores, all of whom won their respective races.

The complaint was made by the La Alameda political-activist group and picked up in the anti-Macri media site El Destape.

The case is currently in the hands of prosecutor Jorge Di Lello in Buenos Aires City.

However, it may be moved to provincial jurisdiction, given the connections between the alleged laundering of funds and the 2017 election of candidates representing that province.

-TIMES

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