Madrid (EFE) of almost 4.5 million euros that the latter obtained from his business with the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA between 2013 and 2014.
In its qualification brief presented before the Central Investigating Court 1 of the National Court, which last week agreed to prosecute the three for these events, Anticorruption also claims million-dollar fines for Alejo Morodo (3.7 million euros) and for his woman Ana Catarina Varandas (3.8 million), and somewhat less substantial for Raúl Morodo (378,700 euros).
In this case, the judge has investigated the alleged fraud to the Treasury of the alleged collection of some 4.5 million euros from PDVSA by Alejo Morodo through alleged false legal advice contracts signed with the Venezuelan oil company when his father was no longer in charge. from the embassy.
Fraud in the income tax declarations of the son of the former ambassador of Spain in Venezuela
In terms of civil liability, the prosecutor also requests the payment of a total of 1.3 million euros by Alejo Morodo and his wife for fraud in their personal income tax returns of 2013, 2014 and 2017, while the former ambassador is asked 126,122 euros for the fraud attributed to him in the 2014 financial year.
The system used by the son of the former ambassador and in which the other defendants would have participated, as described by the Prosecutor’s Office in its brief, consisted of “interposing three instrumental companies to formally invoice” the “alleged services” of legal advice and consultancy that would have lent between 2011 and 2014. In this way, he avoided paying personal income tax and did so for the more beneficial Corporation Tax.
The Prosecutor’s Office, which only accuses for the years of 2013 and 2014 as the previous ones have expired, maintains that Raúl Morodo also defrauded the profits he received from the assets of two of those companies.
Alejo Morodo and his relationship with Petróleos de Venezuela SA
The origin of the funds that Alejo Morodo allegedly hid from the Treasury resides in the contractual relationship he contracted with the Venezuelan public company Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) until 2014, using the relationships that his father established with “senior officials” of Venezuela in his time as ambassador. The activity provided to PDVSA, according to the Prosecutor’s Office, reported more than 6.6 million euros, “of which Raúl Morodo benefited in part.”
Throughout his writing, Anticorruption describes the system for collecting funds from PDVSA by the companies “interposed” by Alejo Morodo and the crossing of transfers between them and his father, and also mentions the company that both created in 2007, Morodo Abogados, “lacking personal and material means, as well as commercial activity” with “the same purpose” of filing it to “shift the tax burden”.
This company declared between 2013 and 2014 income of 467,832 euros “ignoring” the services it provided, says the prosecutor.