The Hearing of Lleida has condemned for continued and aggravated swindling the parents of Nadia Nerea, the girl affected by ticotriodystrophy, one of the so-called rare diseases. The magistrates have imposed a sentence of five years in prison for the father, Fernando Blanco, and three and a half years for the mother, Margarida Garau. They consider that Blanco and Garau used their daughter's illness to collect hundreds of thousands of euros and use them for private purposes.
The sentence considers proven that the parents deceived about the state of the child to get money through donations. And it figures the illicit enrichment in 402.232 euros. In addition to prison sentences, they must pay a fine and the costs of the judicial procedure. The ruling also condemns them to face the payment of compensation for each of the people harmed in the deception.
The girl suffers a rare disease that causes "cutaneous alterations, ophthalmological and developmental disorders and language in a context of limit intelligence", considered the sentence proved. There was, however, no "imminent vital risk" for Nadia, contrary to what the parents maintained. Blanco and Garau "hatched a plan to obtain an illicit financial gain" through the creation of an aid association.