Thursday, May 19

The Prosecutor’s Office sees indications that Cascos charged 5,500 euros of personal expenses to his party, Asturias Forum

Francisco Álvarez Helmets.

Francisco Álvarez Helmets.

The Principality of Asturias Prosecutor’s Office considers that there are sufficient indications that the promoter of Foro Asturias and former president of the Principality of Asturias, Francisco Álvarez Cascos, charged the party’s accounts with personal expenses amounting to 5,550.51 euros between the years 2011 and 2017, for which he has requested the Investigative Court No. 2 of Oviedo to continue the case opened against him for the procedures of the abbreviated procedure (AP), which would mean the end of the investigation and, at the appropriate procedural moment, the formalization of the corresponding accusation for a continuing crime of misappropriation. The Prosecutor’s report was presented this morning before the judicial body.

The procedure began with the complaint filed by Foro Asturias against Francisco Álvarez-Cascos in 2020 for a series of behaviors and expenses, which were later expanded by the party. In the opinion of the Prosecutor, it is sufficiently proven that, between May 15, 2011 and October 16, 2017, the investigated, using his status as president and later secretary general of the Forum, and the existence of an insufficient system of control of expenses in the party, charged to the accounts of the political formation the following expenses of a personal nature, not related to his professional activity, amounting to 5,550.51 euros:

  • Attorney expenses for a previous political matter related to another political party and attorney for a personal matter.

  • Psychotechnical.

  • Shoes.

  • Expenses for four trips to the town of A Coruña and hotel and food expenses.

  • His father-in-law’s hotel.

  • Food orders at private homes and on behalf of relatives.

  • Video game console.

  • Four AVE train tickets for your children.

  • Five tickets for the Davis Cup, two tickets for the Thyssen Museum and two tickets for the Prado Museum.

  • Full bed, consisting of a mattress, legs and a trundle.

  • Restaurant expenses in summer resorts and hamburgers.

The Prosecutor’s Office considers that the justification given by the investigated regarding these uses is not sufficient. It clarifies that the fact that they can be considered residual expenses in comparison with the overall expenses that were initially attributed to them does not make them logical, acceptable and appropriate to political activity, and they constitute a continuing crime of misappropriation. As for the rest of the expenses reported by Foro Asturias, the Prosecutor, after the profuse investigation carried out, considers that they are related to the professional practice of the investigated.

In the framework of the investigation of the procedure, on February 9, the Public Prosecutor’s Office presented a report in the Court, in which it concluded that, after the justifications, explanations and elements of evidence provided by the investigated, as well as the investigation procedures agreed by the investigating judge, several of the appropriations attributed to the investigated were justified. In essence, the Prosecutor’s Office, in that report, considered that certain behaviors of the investigated did not constitute appropriation of someone else’s money, among them, the collection of his salary, the charge for conferences, the expenses of the driver, vehicle, personal secretary, personal loan received (and returned), rental of a business center in Madrid for the party or numerous expenses that apparently could be classified as personal but that appeared related to his political activity.

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