Jordi Pujol Ferrusola, the oldest son of the former Catalan president, simulated “non-existent” businesses through which he hid 9.4 million euros from the Justice Department since he started investigating in 2012 , among which were fictitious loans to third persons, according to the UDEF.
An amount that is included in the nearly 30 million that, in short, the eldest son of the Pujol hid in other countries to evade the action of Justice , according to the latest report of the Economic and Fiscal Crime Unit (UDEF) sent to the National Court and to which Efe has had access.
Although at first the police raised to 14 the millions that Jordi Pujol Jr. had kept hidden since the investigation against him began, now he believes that they are 29.9 million euros that he could hide with that de-marriage strategy.
Of that amount, 9.4 million euros came from “fictitious legal business” that did not really exist but that Pujol Ferrusola used to move his money and keep it out of the reach of justice; Another 12.3 million came from “non-repatriated investments and fictitious international losses” and the rest, 8.1 million, from undeclared capital gains.
Among those “non-existent” businesses are four fictitious loan operations, among them his daughter Nuria, to whom he donated 585,000 euros in 2014, money that his daughter mostly used to buy a flat from her father’s company.
Also included in that amount is the $ 135,000 that the son of former Catalan President Jordi Pujol used to bribe his partner Gustavo Shanahan with the aim of recanting statements in which he accused him of having handled black money in tax havens.
However, the police believe that in total the partners agreed to the transfer of $ 850,000 – among which were those 135,000 – with an “evasive background” , although they do not know whether the full payment was materialized.
In addition to the fictitious business strategy, the researchers believe that both Pujol Jr. and his ex-wife Mercé Gironés acquired an “immense wealth abroad” through various companies invested in real business abroad . Most of them are “connected with money laundering operations that are intentionally kept outside of Spain” to avoid the judicial procedure that the judge of the National Court José de la Mata instructs.
With this report, of 93 pages , the UDEF unifies “all the facts that have been exhibited in previous reports” and that demonstrate “a strategy of intentional decapitalization” by the first-born of the Pujol and their ex-wife.
Finally, another part of the report includes an apparent causality between the visit of Gironés to the safe he had in a bank in Barcelona and El Mundo’s publication of a report that, according to the UDEF, was “falsely” based on the instruction police, and that explained that the police linked accounts in Switzerland of the ex-presidents Jordi Pujol and Artur Mas with the corruption of CiU.
A “coincidence” that occurred in 2012, when the investigation began Pujol son . Two years later, Gironés canceled the contract for his safe.
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