Federal Judge Sebastián Casanello began carrying out raids last week that revealed that Lázaro Báez, Néstor Kirchner’s former associate, may own some 150 properties he did not declare to tax authorities. Another judge and prosecutor opened a new investigation on Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Meanwhile, Leonardo Fariña declared himself guilty of helping Néstor launder money:
In his first interview since being released from prison in April,Leonardo Fariña said Monday that the late Mr. Kirchner had masterminded a plan to enrich himself and Lázaro Báez by allowing Mr. Báez’s construction company to overcharge billions of dollars in public-works contracts by an average of 20%.
He also alleged Mr. Kirchner’s successor and widow, Mrs. Kirchner, was aware of the plan.
Mr. Fariña, 29 years old, said he began working with Mr. Báez in March 2010 and audited the contractor’s books. Guillermo Marijuan,the prosecutor overseeing the case, has said the court is trying to corroborate Mr. Fariña’s claims.
So far, Cristina has not been charged.