May 14, 2021

The emeritus king pays 678,394 euros to the Treasury to prevent a criminal investigation on his opaque cards

Juan Carlos I has presented this Wednesday through his defense a voluntary statement before the Treasury for the amount of 678,393.72 euros, as reported in a brief statement by his lawyer, Javier Sánchez-Junco. In this way, the monarch regularizes the undeclared amounts that he spent between 2016 and 2018 with opaque credit cards and with funds whose origin is part of an investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office that advanced last November 3. The amount paid to the tax authorities includes interest and surcharges, as confirmed by his defense, which ensures that Juan Carlos I “continues, as he has always been, at the disposal of the Public Prosecutor for any procedure or action it deems appropriate.”

The Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation in 2019 when it detected the use of the aforementioned cards. The Public Ministry tries to verify whether between 2016 and 2018 the expenses with these cards exceeded 275,000 euros in a single year, which would entail payments to the Treasury for 120,000 euros per year, the amount of fraud from which criminal investigations are opened.

Juan Carlos I was inviolable – he could not be investigated – for events prior to 2014 when he was head of state, but these possible tax crimes would have occurred after his abdication. The Prosecutor’s Office has already questioned the Mexican millionaire from which the money spent with the cards would come, Allen Sanginés-Krause, and retired Lieutenant Colonel Nicolás Murga Mendoza, already retired, and who would have acted as a vehicle for the use of those funds. Murga Mendoza was aide-de-camp to the King Emeritus.


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