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Rambla II case: The court orders the seizure of the bank accounts of the accused.

Rambla II case The court orders the seizure of the bank accounts of the accused
The money is intended to cover the civil liabilities arising from the unauthorised asphalting of the rambla.

The Court of First Instance of Huércal Overa is processing the seizure of the bank accounts of Francisco Torrecillas, José Campoy and the municipal comptroller, in order to cover the civil liabilities arising from the execution of works in the Rambla de Albox, “without requesting the required authorisation, they decided to carry out the paving works using workers from the Town Hall and a public company dependent on the council”, for which reason an administrative complaint was lodged with the Regional Ministry of the Environment by the local River Ranger on 27-7-17.

Subsequently, according to the indictment consulted by La Comarca, “Francisco Torrecillas and José Campoy – then councillor for Works – wanted to extend the construction carried out and, once again, deliberately omitting to issue a resolution and process an administrative file, ordered the municipal and public company workers to carry out new paving work in the bed of the Rambla”.

In the same way, the Public Prosecutor continues, they decided to purchase the concrete from a company in Tíjola, but as the amount exceeded the limits established for a minor contract (18,000 euros), “they decided to disguise the nature of the contract, concluding a works contract despite being aware that the aforementioned company would not carry out any work, but would merely supply the concrete and the work would be carried out by municipal workers”.

Following that plan, the letter continues, “José Campoy, in agreement with Torrecillas, ordered a civil servant of the Town Hall to draw up a works contract indicating all the circumstances that should be included in the contract. The contract was drawn up on 19 September 2019, before the company presented any budget, as it was delivered to the Town Hall on 22-9-17 and in which the price of the concrete was only stated: 25,000.50 euros plus VAT, which made a total of 30,250.61 euros”.

The contract listed José Campoy as the proposer and was signed by him, together with the mayor Francisco Torrecillas and the Municipal Auditor and Treasurer, also accused in this case. The works contract had a total budget of €49,948.50, of which €25,000.50 corresponded, according to the contract itself, to the “concreting of the Rambla”.

On 12 June 2018, the Territorial Delegate of the Regional Ministry of the Environment issued a decision imposing a fine of €6,010.12 on Albox Town Council for the works carried out in the bed of the wadi and the obligation to demolish the works and restore the altered bed to its previous state. The fine was paid by Albox Town Council.

The construction carried out on public property was not authorised and the demolition and restoration of the altered physical reality was carried out by a company contracted by the Town Council at a cost to the public coffers of 24,603.09 euros, which was paid on 18-8-20. The total damage caused to the Town Hall of Albox amounts to 65,842.36 euros.

The three accused have now been placed under seizure proceedings for a total of 87,787 euros. According to sources consulted by La Comarca, the amount of money that one of those responsible for this work had in his bank accounts has attracted attention. He is the one who could have had the largest amount of money withheld by the justice system to cover his civil liability for presumably carrying out illegal work.


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