New Audi and 50,000 house bought in cash as Alhaurin mayor’s lifestyle analysed

LAST UPDATED: 28 Mar, 2008 @ 14:06
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THE mayor of Alhaurin el Grande spent over 80,000 in cash on property and a top of the range Audi in 2005, investigators have discovered.

Juan Martin Seron, who is accused of corruption in the Operation Troya case, bought the car for 30,000 euros and the home with 51,000 in cash.

In total he and his wife managed to buy nine homes over the last few years without a mortgage.

A total of three others were bought with mortgages, two of which were cancelled on the sale of the properties.

This comes while financial analysts estimated that his savings should not have been bigger than 26,000 going on his and his wife Teresa Santos’s earnings.

The findings come during the long, in-depth investigation that saw Seron and his colleague planning boss Gregoria Guerra arrested in January last year.

According to investigators in the case there is much evidence of money laundering with a number of cash deposits totalling over 50,000 said to have been made to his accounts.

A judge in Coin heard how the complete lack of debts of Seron and his wife were quite extraordinary.

Police have questioned over 20 builders and developers in connection with alleged corruption in Alhaurin.

The arrests were made after claims that the town hall asked for “donations” in exchange for favourable urban decisions.

It is claimed those arrested paid bribes in exchange for favourable urban decisions.

Police believe the town hall received at least 600,000 euros in donations from businesses in the housing sector between 2005 and 2006.

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