Sunday, April 17, 2016
Báez lawyer may have left country
Jorge Chueco, the missing lawyer linked to jailed Kirchnerite businessman Lázaro Báez, may have left the country by taking a bus to Brazil through the Misiones border, according to police sources currently investigating the whereabouts of the man wanted for questioning in connection with the Báez case.
Chueco went missing on Thursday in Puerto Iguazú, Misiones and is considered a key figure in the money-laundering investigation against Báez. A manhunt by security forces is currently trying to find him, having started in Puerto Iguazú but then extended to Paraguay and Brazil — with no luck yet.
The investigation is now focused on the theory that Chueco left the country with a bus, heading to the Brazilian city Foz do Iguazú. Police forces are carrying out controls on the city as well as on Ciudad del Este, Paraguay as Chueco could have continued his trip to another destination, the same sources said.
His car was found late on Friday night in Posadas, approximately 300 kilometres from Puerto Iguazú. Chueco is understood to have driven himself to Posadas from Buenos Aires City this week.
Chueco was reportedly the legal representative from Helvetic Services Group, the business which was itself linked to the SGI financial consulting firm known as La Rosadita. He was going to be summoned for questioning in the upcoming days for his alleged involvement on Báez money-laundering case.
Recently released footage of Báez’s son Martín and others counting what has been estimated to be millions of US dollars at La Rosadita has blown open the investigation into the money-laundering accusations that have have now hit more than 16 people.
Testimony given by Leonardo Fariña, who has been indicted for tax evasion and has now been released intothe witness protection programme after testifying against others such as Victory Front (FpV) lawmaker Julio De Vido, also reportedly mentioned Chueco.
Chueco has been linked to the Lázaro Báez case by various avenues, including testimony from Federico Elaskar that he transferred his shares in SGI to a company known as Sernorte Holding SA. Chueco was a partner in that business and Sernorte was linked to Helvetic by way of several other companies.
According to Télam, investigators have found nine checks signed by Chueco and multiple entries into the Madero Center, where the SGI financial centre was housed.
In a 2013 interview with Infobae, Chueco recognized that he knew Lázaro Báez and Daniel Pérez Gadín, his accountant, and that he participated in the purchase of SGI from Elaskar.
Herald with DyN