July 24, 2014
Federal Judge Ariel Lijo accuses Vice-President Amado Boudou of:
1- Taking part in the 2009 restructuring of Formosa province’s debt, which was invoiced by The Old Fund, the company that a year later obtained 70 percent of the Ciccone Calcográfica’s shares.
2- Learning via former Telefe manager Gabriel Bianco that the members of the Ciccone family wanted to negotiate with the Economy Ministry to lift the company’s bankruptcy. Lijo says it is proven that Boudou met Nicolás Ciccone at the network’s studios on July 29, 2010 and told them that negotiations would be left in the hands of his friend and business partner José María Núñez Carmona.
3- As Héctor Ciccone did not want to transfer 70 percent of the company shares, Boudou held a meeting with him, his brother and Núñez Carmona at a restaurant in Puerto Madero. The meeting was successful and hours later the transfer was signed off at Jorge Taiah’s legal firm.
4- The Old Fund took over the printing company in September 2010 and a couple of days later the London Supply company paid around 2 million pesos to lift the mint company’s bankruptcy. London Supply was led by Miguel Castellanos, allegedly a good friend of Boudou’s.
5- Taking part as Economy minister in the discussions over a payment plan to regularize Ciccone Calcográfica mint company debt situation, so that it was authorized to print again. Boudou said the payment plan should be granted because it was not contradictory with the Kirchnerite policies to protect employment.
6- Blocking, along with his Cabinet Chief Guido Forcieri, a call for tender so that the National Mint could buy the necessary equipment to print the country’s peso notes. Without the equipment, the printing had to be done by the former Ciccone Calcográfica mint company, then was run by Alejandro Vandenbroele, who Lijo believes is the vice-president’s frontman.
7- Hiring the company to print the ruling Victory Front (FpV) ballots for the 2011 presidential elections, when President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner — with Boudou as her runningmate — obtained the 54 percent of the votes.