The Public Prosecutor’s Office of Almería is requesting the opening of an oral trial and has asked for 10 years of disqualification and two years in prison for prevarication and embezzlement for a former mayor of Cantoria, Pedro Llamas, as well as 9 years of disqualification for his successor in office, Gaspar Masegosa (PP) for prevarication.
In his indictment, to which EFE has had access, the prosecutor points out that Llamas, “in his capacity as mayor”, issued on 30 March 2012 a resolution “without being subject to any processing”, in which he ordered the increase in the payroll of three workers of the Town Hall.
According to the prosecutor, he did this with “full knowledge of the arbitrariness of his decision” and “disregarding” the warnings of the secretary-inventor, who had issued a report declaring this salary increase null and void.
Despite this, the accused allegedly issued the pay slips with the salary increases “on a monthly basis throughout his term of office”, although there were “constant objections” from the secretary-comptroller.
Likewise, the Public Prosecutor’s Office maintains that, despite being aware of the “illegality of the payroll increase”, the second accused, Masegosa, paid “the excess of the payroll to these workers repeatedly throughout his term of office”.
On the other hand, also allegedly without “any formalities”, on 25 February 2011 Llamas signed a service contract with a company that “had not yet been formally constituted” and for which the Consistory had to pay 3,000 euros to this company for its incorporation, the prosecutor stresses.
To this end, despite the “arbitrariness and illegality of his actions”, on 14 March 2011 he issued a mayoral order to pay this amount “for the sole benefit” of the partners of this company.