Thursday 21 November 2019

Economy minister jailed over €24,500 stashed away in her office bathroom

Hugh Bronstein Buenos Aires

A former Argentine economy minister has been sentenced to four years in jail over €24,500 found stashed in a brown paper bag in her office bathroom.

Felisa Miceli, who served under the late Nestor Kirchner as Argentina's first female economic chief, was convicted of hiding the origin of the money but will remain free while pursing appeals.

In June 2007 police discovered 100,000 Argentine pesos in a closet in Ms Miceli's economy ministry office bathroom during a routine bomb inspection. The money was found in bags marked with the official seal of Argentina's central bank.

The bomb-sniffing dogs that found the money also discovered $31,670 in US dollars in the bathroom, but there were no charges against Ms Miceli related to the dollars.

Ms Miceli said she had borrowed both the pesos and dollars to buy a house. But the court ruled she had failed to give a solid explanation of where they came from and said she had snatched and hid the report written by police after the bag was discovered.

Irish Independent

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