The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office analyzed the complaint filed by the United We Can group in the Madrid Assembly last April for the purchases of medical supplies for nearly 20 million euros that the Community of Madrid made in the midst of a pandemic to two companies that were not dedicated to that sector. After reviewing the account of the events, he agreed to file the complaint because it only expressed mere suspicions, not indications or behaviors that could constitute a crime, according to tax sources reported to the ABC newspaper.
However, as happened in the case of the investigations into an award to the company managed by a friend of the regional president Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the European Public Prosecutor's Office has another criterion.
In that matter, both representations of the Public Ministry collided because each one considered that it had the competence to investigate. The bottom line is that there are two ongoing investigations. The Anticorruption one that looks for crimes related to influence peddling and the European Prosecutor's Office, on fraud to EU subsidies.
Although each of the decrees indicates in its header that the investigation is directed "against" each of the companies, in the reasoning the European Public Prosecutor's Office explains that it is early to raise specific accusations. "It is essential to carry out previously (...) various investigative procedures -the decrees say-, because only through them can the facts under investigation be adequately determined and whether or not the imputation of the possible authors is appropriate." ».
In the case of the investigation into Air Global Media S.L, the complaint stated that Madrid awarded four contracts in 2020 to supply medical supplies for a combined amount of 10 million euros. The company did not have this type of business in its corporate purpose and although since 2020 it has not deposited its accounts in the Mercantile Registry, it would be recorded that it multiplied “up to almost fifty times its turnover” in the first wave of the pandemic. He pointed out possible concealment of inflated prices and millionaire commissions.
Regarding Vin Dore 24K, which manufactures sparkling wines with gold particles, the complaint indicated the award of three contracts of 7.74 million before its corporate purpose picked up that business. The company went from being in the red in 2019 to declaring 26 million in profit.