The Days of Wine & Corruption


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María Isabel Déniz considerably increased her assets in the six years in which she was mayor of Arrecife. Specifically, she and her husband bought three cars, a motorcycle, two homes and a boat between 2001 and 2007 . In addition, she made different cash contributions to her account and to that of her daughter, who lacked income, to renovate the acquired real estate properties and to pay taxes on the acquisition of those properties and the motor vehicles.

The cash came from the bribes he requested from the manager of the TECMED company in Lanzarote, Jacinto Álvarez. Furthermore, at this time he acquired a property in El Morro, in front of the Teguise Wind Farm, for 36,000 euros, as well as 2,163 euros in taxes. For both payments he did not withdraw money from his bank accounts.

Meanwhile, on October 8, 2004, he bought a bungalow in Famara, valued at 120,000 euros and where he built a swimming pool . Regarding the payment for this home, on October 10, 2004, Déniz received a communication from the Bank of Spain about currency trafficking when sending these 120,000 euros to Holland. After that, on October 20, 2004, he received a new communication upon receiving 120,000 euros from this country.

The Court understands that since these operations are not reflected in the bank accounts of the accused or her husband, it is not justified how they paid the 120,000 euros with which they bought the bungalow . On the other hand, both paid 7,200 euros in tax for the purchase of this space, but without any related bank transactions.

Between the years 2001 and 2006, the Court assures that Isabel Déniz and her husband invested at least 86,667.93 euros in buying three cars and a motorcycle: a Volkswagen Passat, a Volkswagen Toureg, a Suzuki Samurai and a BMW motorcycle.

In 2003, the Volkswagen Toureg cost a total of 37,760 euros plus 240 euros for consulting and management. Part of it, 12,000 euros, was paid by bank check and the rest, 26,000 euros, was paid by the mayor's husband.

Meanwhile, the Susuzi Samurai was acquired in August 2005 and was owned by the mayor's husband until it was transferred in March 2006. In this case they paid 4,500 euros in cash.

For its part, the motorcycle cost 30,500 euros and was paid with cash without reflection in the bank accounts of Déniz and her husband.

For the Nauticat brand and model 43 sailboat, they paid 60,000 euros, which were paid in cash. Initially it was going to be paid for a policy that was later canceled after receiving a bank transfer of 80,869 euros. At this time, Isabel Déniz's husband also acquired a Perkins brand naval engine for which he paid in cash in two installments.

Furthermore, regarding the payments to the domestic worker that Isabel Déniz had hired in her home, the 8,800 euros that she paid her before those payments were assumed by Urbaser do not appear in her bank accounts either.

Argana Pavilion

The awarding of the construction of the Argana Alta Pavilion to the company Fomento Construcciones y Contratas SA cost the Arrecife City Council more than 10.6 million euros . However, to this day it is still not open to the inhabitants of this neighborhood of the capital of Conejera. Now a court ruling reveals that this space was awarded within the framework of a corruption plot.

In 2003, the head of the Technical Office Juan Rafael Arrocha demanded money from the FCC company in exchange for providing favorable information and granting them the drafting of the project and the construction of the Argana Alta pavilion. This is revealed by the proven facts of the sentence handed down this past Monday by the Second Section of the Provincial Court of Las Palmas.

Within the framework of this operation, FCC paid a company in which Rafael Arrocha had shares the amount of 136,999.55 euros in different invoices and over several years.

In this same section it is recognized that the then mayor of Arrecife (2001-2007) demanded payment for an eight-night luxury trip to Marrakech for herself and seven immediate family members in exchange for the award of the contract. The costs of this trip amounted to 16,674.11 euros.