globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / By Mike “Mish” Shedlock / Saturday, January 19, 2013 2:26 AM
I am piecing together a story of fraud and corruption involving the highest levels of Spanish government. My unnamed sources think it could bring down Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
However, the news articles I have (primarily in Spanish) are particularly choppy.
The brief background story is “black money” (under the table fraud or bribes) was paid monthly to top Partido Popular (PP) party leaders.
PP is the party of prime minister Rajoy. Amounts ranged from 5,000 to 15,000 euros per month, between executive secretaries, public officials and other members of the PP. Top party officials were aware of, approved, or were part of the scheme.
Ex-Treasurer Hides €22 million in Swiss Account
Starting with an article in English, the Irish Times reports Ex-treasurer of Spain’s PP had €22m in Swiss bank
The beleaguered government of Mariano Rajoy has been embarrassed by revelations that its party’s former treasurer had a bank account in Switzerland containing up to €22 million.
Luis Bárcenas held the treasury post in the conservative Partido Popular (PP) from 2008 until 2009, when he resigned because of an investigation into his part in a massive fraud network. He stepped down from the party in 2010. The inquiry into that case continues and information a Spanish judge has requested from Swiss authorities shows details of an account held under the politician’s name which coincides with the time he was managing the PP’s finances.