July 24, 2021

La Fiscala sees crime in the management of a vice-rector of the ULPGC – La Provincia

La Fiscala sees crime in the management of a vice-rector of the ULPGC - La Provincia


The Prosecutor's Office of Las Palmas has denounced for embezzlement of public funds the former Vice President for Internationalization and Cooperation of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) for skipping the contracting process by awarding a series of flats to house professors from the Confucius Institute on the island. from China.

The fiscal Pedro Gimeno, after analyzing a previous complaint from the Social Council of the ULPGC, concludes that there are signs of misappropriation of public funds in the performance of Rosario Berriel. The former Vice-Chancellor of Internationalization and Cooperation promoted in 2015, through the Technological Park Foundation, four contracts to rent houses that belong to her husband and a sister, thus skipping the law of public contracts, according to the complaint of the public prosecutor.

The alleged fraud was discovered by the Internal Control Service of the ULPGC in a audit, whose report reveals "serious irregularities and indications of crime" in the hiring, reason for which the president of the Social Council, Ángel Tristán, transferred the report to the Office of the Prosecutor last July.

The ratification of the irregularities by the Internal Control Service has been key for the prosecutor to take the facts to the Deanship of the Judicial The Gran Canarian palms, which must now assign an investigating court to open a judicial investigation and, in the event that the evidence appreciated by the Office of the Prosecutor is ratified, will open an oral trial.

There is another complaint by the Social Council against Rosario Berriel for the allocation of aid for international cooperation in Morocco which is also investigated by the public prosecutor. Everything indicates that it will end in court, but the assigned prosecutor has not yet closed the investigation, whose result will be known in the coming days.

Berriel left his post at the ULPGC in 2016 and the new rector, Rafael Sánchez Robaina, rescinded in 2017 contracts to house Chinese teachers and relocated them to housing linked to the university.

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