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The trial of the former mayor of Cantoria for raising the salaries of three workers has already been set for trial

The trial of the former mayor of Cantoria
He faces two years in prison and 10 years of disqualification, while his successor faces 9 years of disqualification.

The Criminal Court number 3 of Almeria has set 23 January 2023 for the oral hearing against the former mayor of Cantoria Pedro Llamas, for whom the Public Prosecutor of Almeria is asking for 10 years of disqualification and two years in prison for prevarication, a request which is added to that of 9 years of disqualification for his successor in office, Gaspar Masegosa (PP), also for prevarication.

In an orderly proceeding, to which EFE has had access, the court summons the defendants, the Public Prosecutor’s Office and other parties, and orders that the lawyers of the defendants and the private prosecution be informed so that they can request, if necessary, the suspension of the oral hearing within the established time limit.

In his indictment, to which EFE has had access, the prosecutor points out that Llamas, “in his capacity as mayor”, issued a resolution on 30 March 2012 “without being subject to any processing”, in which he ordered the increase in the payroll of three workers of the City Council.

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.

Subsequently, Llamas paid “systematically” throughout his term of office several invoices to this company, which allegedly did not specifically detail the services rendered, in addition to not having a prior audit, and this is also attributed by the Public Prosecutor’s Office to the former councillor Masegosa.

The prosecutor insists that the secretary-inventor formulated up to 52 objections to the payment orders, which were rejected, so that in 2011 29,786 euros were paid: 100,602.90 euros in 2012; 66,088.89 euros in 2013, and 98,411.93 euros in 2014.

For these facts, the prosecutor requests 10 years of special disqualification from public employment or office for a crime of prevarication for Llamas, who also faces a fine, three years’ suspension from public employment or office, and two years’ imprisonment for a crime of embezzlement of public funds.

It also requests that Llamas compensate the Town Council with 3,000 euros, and for Masegosa it only asks for a sentence of 9 years of special disqualification from public employment or public office.


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