Friday, January 21

The fictionalized life of the “money junkie”: conspiracy, ayahuasca and a failed strategy to save himself from the “Taula case”

Mónica Nita Brezniceanu introduces herself as a lawyer and legal translator. She is also the author of “The witch of love and the junkie of money” (Letrame Grupo Editorial, 2019) a self-published book in which she tells how she met a PP charge who was the main witness of a framework cause of corruption. The protagonist of the book, as confirmed by, is Marcos Benavent, the cornerstone of the ‘Taula case’ who has recently changed the collaboration strategy with the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office maintained since the beginning of the investigation of the case.

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The publication, a kind of fictionalized memoirs truffled with conspiracy approaches, traces the unknown life of Benavent since he decided to expose the PP charges, which appeared in the audios that he secretly recorded for years and which portray a whole alleged plot of systematic collection of commissions, until the breakdown of the sentimental relationship on account of an alleged debt.

The author, of Romanian origin, tells in her novel that she met the “money junkie” during “a natural soap workshop” in an “alternative education center in Alicante”. From there, a relationship with Marcos Benavent emerged, whose literary character he identifies as Sergio.

“Since I had found out about Sergio’s problems with the law, caused by a plot of corruption in his party, I had never read the newspapers or watched TV, thinking that everything they said about him was far from reality, whose he really was. (…) Looking back, I realize that, in reality, I avoided knowing anything about that matter at all costs to avoid the pain of knowing that the man I loved was in danger, “he writes Monica Nita.

Benavent lived at that time cloistered in a family home in Benigànim. He only appeared publicly, with striking outfits, in his media appearances after testifying in court. “I know that I was wrong, that I made mistakes that now I am trying to repair, but for myself I have already served the sentence. At the end of the day my testimony has helped to uncover that plot and the corruption of the party and the risks to which I expose myself due to That’s why they are great. Can’t you see that I don’t leave the house? “, says Benavent’s character at one point in the novel.

The couple shared interests in esotericism and spiritualism. “A relationship between us was going to be atypical, very atypical,” warns the author. The book, in addition to the fictionalized chronicle of the sentimental relationship with the “money junkie”, is also a compendium of the most varied conspiracy theories that the author breaks down in great detail.

Monica Nita alludes to “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, a classic of anti-Semitic propaganda; to vaccines “as a form of population control”; to Adolf Hitler as a kind of pawn of the Jesuits, and to the “clandestine fumigations of the chemtrails”, which he claims to have suffered in his own flesh, among other nonsense of which he writes profusely. On the Hitler pamphlet “My fight” (“another of the many plagiarisms in history”), he says: “On a personal level it seems to me that his approaches have become obsolete for our times and social reality.”

At one point in the narrative, the author recounts a way out of her judicial problems that Benavent considers with a kind of “diplomatic certificate” from a non-existent and virtual “independent republic” (according to Mónica Nita “the money junkie” came to consider seriously this delusional option).

Even the author doubts at first the approach: “It seemed incredible and crazy what he told me, but when I looked at the brightness that moistened his gaze, I had the feeling that he was speaking very seriously.” The character in “The Money Junkie” replies: “Imagine if I get the diplomatic certificate. No one will be able to stop or judge me.”

Benavent, according to the story in Mónica Nita’s book, did not want to involve her family in this play: “The safest thing is that they too will be watched.” “In a few months everything would be solved, that thing would end, I would pay what the court asks of me and I think that between that and my collaboration with the justice will be more than enough to make some deal with the prosecutor and close this whole matter in one go. once and for all, “says the character of” The money junkie. ”

The mind-boggling strategy was not carried out and the woman went to Peru for a time, where she coordinated a supposed NGO and held “a few ayahuasca ceremonies” (a potent hallucinogen) with a “shaman.” Benavent had been in Peru during Christmas 2014, when it was an open secret that the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office had been leading a macro-investigation for months based on the audios delivered by the former father-in-law of “The money junkie”, the businessman Mariano López.

On December 26, 2014, in the middle of the Christmas holidays, the then manager of the public company of the Valencia Provincial Council left for Peru where he stayed until the end of January, when he took a flight to Japan (despite the fact that he had booked a ticket back to Spain from Lima two weeks before). From Tokyo, Benavent later flew to the Netherlands and from there he returned to Spain to collaborate with the Central Operational Unit (UCO) of the Civil Guard and with the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office in the investigations of what would be baptized as the ‘Taula case’ and which has already been carried out. a dozen separate pieces.

Peru was not an unknown country for Benavent and his peculiar partner later left. The woman left the money junkie the construction of a geodesic “dome” (a polyhedral sphere fashionable in spiritualistic environments) in the garden of the house. The literary character informs him from Spain about the construction process: “It comes out beautiful. When you return, you will find the inspiration you want inside, I assure you.”

However, the construction led to an abrupt break from the singular courtship. “I am a bit ashamed to tell you,” says the character of Benavent, “but I need some money to finish it. (…) The money you left me is about to run out and there is still no pipeline, electricity and a few more things. ” The woman, as she recounts in the book, is thus in Peru with an empty bank account.

The book is a kind of revenge for the abrupt dispute between Mónica Nita and Marcos Benavent over the money the woman gave him to build the dome. “From money junkies and traffickers of false freedom, to kings of lies and their troops of like-minded followers, (…) they left my wallet empty to almost the bottom of my soul,” concludes Mónica Nita. The author has not answered the messages and calls from