Rodrigo Rato, former president of Bankia and former vice-president of the Government, has already received on Wednesday the order to enter prison after his final sentence to four and a half years in jail for misappropriation in the case of cards black of Caja Madrid. Rato has advanced one day to the deadline that the National Court had given him to collect the requirement of entry into prison. This has allowed him to get around the media attention that he had accumulated tomorrow, the day he was expected to attend the courts of Genoa Street in Madrid.
From the notification, the expolitic has a term of ten working days – until Thursday, October 25 – to appear at the penitentiary center of his choice and begin to comply with the sentence.
Rato has not been the only one who has preferred to pre-empt the deadline for notification of prison entry. Estanislao Rodríguez Ponga, former Secretary of State for Finance and former Minister of Caja Madrid, sentenced to three years and two months in prison, has also opted to go before the Hearing. The other 13 sentenced to sentences greater than two years in prison must go tomorrow Thursday from 9 to 11 in the morning to the Hearing to collect their requirement.
15 convicted, sentenced to prison
Rato was convicted, along with 63 other managers and counselors of the extinct box in Madrid, for disposing at will, without control of any kind and without declaring the Treasury, funds of the entity with the credit card that was provided for expenses of representation. On October 3, the Supreme Court issued its ruling on the cards black and confirmed in essence all the ruling of the National Court of February 2017. Of the 64 convicted, 15 have sentences of more than two years that lead them to enter prison.
The system of opaque cards to the treasury worked between the years 2003 and 2012 and was, according to the Supreme Court, the result of a "plan to dispose of money from the cashier" for the benefit of the most responsible of the entity (first the deceased Miguel Blesa and then, the exvicepresidente and ex- minister of Economy of the PP with Aznar) and of the other 63 exdirectivos and exconsejeros condemados. Together they spent 12.5 million euros. There were charges on restaurant cards, supermarkets, women's underwear and party rooms. Also withdrawn in cash at ATMs.