December 11, 2013
Former Border Guard chief indicted over irregularities
National Prosecutor Jorge Di Lello yesterday accelerated the investigation into former Border Guard chief Héctor Schenone and another six former officers for alleged irregularities in the purchase of petrol from Combustibles Integrados SRL, a company that is connected to top officers of that force through family members.
Di Lello began investigating the issue due to a formal complaint on October 19 by Security Minister Nilda Garré, which has resulted in charges being brought against the suspects for crimes of “business incompatible with a public official’s duties” and “malfeasance.”
The Border Guard officers reportedly favoured a deal worth 40 million pesos with Combustibles Integrados SRL because family members worked at the firm, implying embezzlement. The prosecutor asserted that such an operation was directly “at the expense of the state.”
Four Combustibles Integrados SRL employees, including the son of one of the accused Border guards, were also indicted for partaking in the allegedly illicit transaction. The report denounces the firm’s 150 percent increase in fuel sales since 2009 as a result of the arrangements with the Border guards.
The investigation also denounced the national security force for favouring the fuel firm since 2009, with regard to bulk fuel purchases, vehicle part replacements and building and lift repairs. Schenone is also separately suspected of having irregularly managed salary payments for top officers.
Herald with Telam, DyN