Andorra questions the origin of 120 million attorney's Peña Nieto

“Impossibility of knowing the real source of the funds transferred.” The Financial Intelligence Unit of Andorra (UIFAND) concludes his last confidential report

Andorra questions the origin of 120 million attorney's Peña Nieto

“Impossibility of knowing the real source of the funds transferred.” The Financial Intelligence Unit of Andorra (UIFAND) concludes his last confidential report on the us $ 120 million (about 107.8 million euros) that you moved in this european country Juan Ramon Collado, a lawyer of the former president of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

THE COUNTRY has had access to this unpublished document dated in October 2018, which is incorporated into the investigations for money laundering and illicit association that develop against Collado from 2016 in a court of the pyrenean principality.

the report argues that The customer of a bank has to justify the origin of their funds. And Hill not credited how he got the fortune that placed them in the Private Banking d'andorra (BPA) between 2006 and 2015 in 23 accounts, according to the agents. The small State he remained until 2017 shielded by bank secrecy. The researchers no evidence of bleaching in the accounts of Col, highlight the “opacity” of their movements and the “null” trace the money.

After scrutinizing hundreds of income and transfers, agents support a counter-claim in a document of 244 pages, the thesis that exposed Hill on their funds in July of 2016, when he stated as investigated for an alleged crime of money laundering to the judge of andorran Canòlic Mingorance. The lawyer indicated then that part of the capital placed into the GAP from the benefits of a chain of pawnshops founded by his father in the nineties. A business —as recounted to the magistrate— generated an estimated interest income of $ 84 million (75 million euros) in 14 years.

expand photo Mail sent to his collaborators for the exempleado of the Private Banking of Andorra Joan March Masson April 30, 2014. THE COUNTRY

The researchers andorrans relate to pawnshops as “a sector of high risk in matter of prevention of money laundering”. And consider that the scheme that wove the lawyer of Peña Nieto in the pyrenean principality is designed to mislead about the true beneficiary of the money.

THE COUNTRY has tried without success to collect the version of Hill.

Foundations of the netherlands under suspicion

The flow of funds from the solicitor and circulated in Andorra for a set of accounts in the name of four holding companies from the netherlands that grew out of the exchange houses mexican Tiber, byb will and fiduciary companies, according to the report. Behind these commercial hid foundations Dutch (stinchting), a financial tool of maximum opacity.

“The use of these accounts of the exchange houses and the concentration of payments allows to lose the traceability of the funds and facilitates the opacity,” the report states. “You can't prove that the amounts transferred through the accounts of the exchange houses from the lord Hill,” he adds.

The intelligence unit of andorra is also supported by a work with identical conclusion of the consultant who audited the accounts of the BPA after his intervention, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The attorney is investigated in this cause was filed provisionally in 2018 and reopened last August with the seizure of 76.5 million.

The agents questioned numerous payments, transactions and transfers. They are suspicious of an operation that is allowed to Pass to become with actions of the mexican society Freedom Financial Services SA de CV, after its acquisition in February of 2015 to a involved in the plot of misappropriation of funds known as the case of Banamex. And reproach that the companies that were listed as owners of their accounts in the BPA to receive funds of the mercantile Hinton SL. A company that —according to the UIFAND— had an instrumental character. “These movements have no economic logic, are used to create opacity”, appreciates the document.

The intelligence unit recrimina the lawyer is not justified with documents the fertilisers received in Andorra for the exchange houses. And criticises perceived transfers of companies as a Team Faith International Limited, “linked to operations compensation from customers in Mexico.” The compensation is a system sometimes used for bleaching.

The agents highlight that one of the accounts of the lawyer received funds from a company related to false flag operations, Distributor Business Franwis S. A. de CV.

According to the UIFAND, “the high volume of loans”, which requested Pass can only be framed in a dynamic of “money laundering”, since —according to this intelligence agency— it is not credible that a customer with an income of “so high,” get money credit for the purchase of two aircraft. “[The lawyer] asked for a loan of two million dollars and, subsequently, be recovered by the application of other loans despite the fact that you have a high income,” the report states.

The investigation for money laundering and illicit association against Collado in Andorra runs parallel to the investigations that lurk at the lawyer of Peña Nieto in Mexico. The lawyer is from the 9th of July in prison in this country after being arrested for alleged crimes related to money laundering and organized crime.

The fortune that the attorney concealed in Andorra was frozen along with the rest of the customers of the BPA in march of 2015, when the bank was closed due to alleged irregularities. Subsequently, the judge andorran Mingorance had the funds for the alleged crime of money laundering. The cause was shelved temporarily after the mexican Prosecutors, then under the Government of Peña Nieto referred to the magistrate of the principality reports, where exculpaba to Hill, and he cited that the cause was already judged. The response of Mexico forced to Andorra to the staging file of the case, since you can't convict for money laundering without proving the illicit origin of the money.

The arrest of Hill, during the mandate of president Andrés Manuel López Obrador has provided to the justice of andorra, the reopening of the case and the seizure of the funds of this lawyer known as the lawyer of the power for having piloted the defenses of powerful men in mexico, as the trade union of Pemex Carlos Romero Deschamps, or a brother of former mexican president Carlos Salinas de Gortari (1988-94).

Hill transferred from their accounts andorran 10.5 million to an account of BBVA in Madrid six days before his arrest.

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The nine million of the discord that arrived from Hong Kong

investigators from the Financial Intelligence Unit of Andorra (UIFAND) have put the spotlight on a mysterious operation that allowed the family lawyer Juan Ramón Collado charge in the pyrenean principality nine million dollars from a company in Hong Kong. The flow of funds would have flowed through a scheme designed to allegedly launder money. A mechanism devised to make it difficult to know the “real origin” of the money, according to a report from the intelligence andorran from the past July 12, built-in to the scrutiny judicial investigating the lawyer in Andorra for money laundering and illicit association.

A spider web of accounts in the Private Banking d'andorra (BPA) connected to the advocate, his sister, L. Collado, and the husband of this, M. Andrade, earned between 2014 and 2015 nine million dollars from a company linked to the house of changes to mexican Tiber. The mercantile of Hong Kong Team Faith International Limited was the source of the transfers that grew out of the circuit, according to the researchers.

Hill justified to the bank this money as their fees in the context of some supposed legal services in trade negotiations for which he billed $ 1,500 per hour and 5% of the total of the contracts captured. The agents of the UIFAND estimate, however, that the mechanical was due to a scheme of laundering and suspect that the lawyer resorted to “companies created for the occasion.”

in order To sustain the thesis that the web company that circulated the money Hill was fictitious and it was created ad hoc by the BPA, the researchers allude to an e-mail of 30 April 2014. The worker of the bank, the Joan March Masson asked in the message to your co-workers are a substitute for a person as representative of an account that is linked to Team Faith International Limited “because it is in another society and may contaminate the circuit.”

the purpose of The employee of BPA in the whole process was –according to the agents- “give opacity and confidentiality to the funds.”

Updated Date: 14 January 2020, 11:00

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