José Luis Moreno has returned to the scene at the National Court. The businessman and ventriloquist sat down this Wednesday before investigating judge Ismael Moreno to defend himself in the case that has kept him charged since June 2021 as the alleged epicenter of a macro-network of fraud and money laundering. “Everything is false,” the television producer repeated at the doors of the court, after having claimed his innocence inside the building. According to legal sources, José Luis Moreno has denied leading a plot to defraud banking entities and private investors, as well as the use of intermediaries to sign million-dollar contracts with RTVE when he could not due to his debts with the Treasury.
“I’m doing wonderfully well. I am not nervous at all and everything is false,” the businessman insisted this Wednesday, after his statement before the judge of the National Court for the so-called Operation Titella (puppet, in Catalan). Just a few minutes before, the magistrate invited him to leave a handwriting sample, and Moreno responded that he could not because he was in a “hurry.” This expert evidence seeks to verify your handwriting and make comparisons with documents incorporated into the case. The Civil Guard suspects that José Luis Moreno has forged another person’s signature, according to a report included in the summary.
José Luis Moreno has already appeared before the investigator three times since his arrest in June 2021. In his first appearance, a few days after his arrest, when the summary was under secrecy, he refused to testify (and was released under bail of three million euros). Already in February 2022 he returned to court at his own request to answer questions. Then, he also denied the illegalities. Among other statements, he assured the judge: “I am not the boss of anything”; “I don’t have front men because I can’t stand them”; “I have not done anything to hide money”; and “I don’t have millions abroad.”
The judicial summary describes a plot divided into two legs. A first, headed by Moreno and his partner Antonio Aguilera, was supposedly specialized since 2017 in “fraud and scam.” According to researchers, they dedicated themselves to creating companies to offer projects “of all kinds that never materialized.” “Moreno was aware of the false identity that Aguilera used to obtain fraudulent financing from banking entities through the companies that the two of them directed and managed,” the Civil Guard points out in a report, which adds: “Moreno has received money from the front companies that form the network.” Both allegedly relied on the second part of the network, with Carlos Brambilla at the helm, an alleged drug trafficker who would have dedicated himself to laundering the money they obtained.
In reference to a contract signed with RTVE, according to the Efe agency, the investigators detail that Moreno and Aguilera used a front company and an intermediary to close a project of more than six million euros to develop a television series (Here I am in charge y.com), which was never filmed. The producer could not contract with the public entity due to his debts with the Treasury, according to the Civil Guard.
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