The Alicante Prosecutor's Office has filed a complaint against leaders of the Hércules Club de Fútbol, its Foundation and Caja Rural Central for the seizure of assets for allegedly cutting two million euros from FC Barcelona to sign the Moroccan winger Abde last summer. In this way, the Alicante club avoided the control of the Treasury and did not allocate the money to settle part of the debt that the club maintains with the Tax Agency, which is around four million euros.
Specifically, the Public Ministry is directed against the president of the club, Carlos Parodi, as well as Valentín Botella and José León as members of the Board of Directors of Hércules and its foundation, and against José María Caruana, secretary of the same for an alleged crime of concealment of assets, as reported by Cadena Ser.
The events date back to the months of August and September 2021, when the two million from Fútbol Club Barcelona for the signing of the player known as Abde would have been divided into a total of 34 nominative checks in favor of Hércules CF: 33 of them for a unit value of 60,000 euros and the last one for 15,770 euros.
The Public Ministry believes that to collect said amount, the club owned by businessman Enrique Ortiz opened another account in the same branch and that most of the checks were deposited in the bank in a staggered manner by the president himself for months to be used for payments of the sports entity and thus prevent the Treasury from receiving the money to pay off part of the debt.