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ARGENTINA | 11-06-2018 11:12

Former public works official stands trial over attempt to hide US$9 million with Catholic nuns

José López has been jailed at the Ezeiza Federal Penitentiary since his arrest in 2016.

The trial against former Public Works secretary José López, who was famously caught trying to hide US$ 9 million at a Catholic monastery in 2016, begins Monday in Buenos Aires.

López is accused of unlawful enrichment of money funnelled out of public works contracts during his time as an official in the administrations of former presidents Néstor and Cristina Kirchner.

Prosecutors allege that the money López threw over the fence on June 14, 2016, into the Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Fatima monastery, is tied to his and his colleagues’ illegal financial activity.

Over 200 witnesses are scheduled to give testimony in the trial.

López has been jailed at the Ezeiza Federal Penitentiary since his arrest in 2016.

-TIMES

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