Wednesday, August 17

The former convergent David Madí denies a plot to defraud the Treasury admitted by two other defendants

There is no corrupt plot without tax fraud. This almost universal principle can well be applied to the case of 3% Convergència. Its audiovisual branch is still under investigation at the National High Court, but the tax crime derived from it has begun to be judged this Wednesday in a criminal court in Barcelona. On the bench, the former right-hand man of Artur Mas, David Madí, now dedicated to his business. “Strategic consulting”, in his own words. Madí has ​​denied the fraud, but two other defendants have admitted it.

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The trial has taken years and has finally started with a clash that is worth remembering between Madrí and the prosecutor for economic crimes Pedro Castro. While Madí gave lessons to the prosecutor – “surely you do not know the operations of a normal company”; “You should know that the Treasury takes half of my salary” -, Castro replied first challengingly and then with irony -“I ask you from my ignorance of the business world”- to try to contradict the former politician.

The case judges whether the Madí companies and six other defendants falsified invoices to the audiovisual production company Triacom so that the latter defrauded VAT and corporate tax for the year 2011. The Prosecutor’s Office asks for two years in prison for Madí, a sentence reduced to eleven months for Oriol Carbó, former administrator of Triacom who has already confessed to the fraud.

Predictably, the sentence requested of Juan Manuel Parra, former head of Hispart, who has confessed that he made false invoices to Triacom to collect work for the election campaign for the Parlament de Convergència in 2010, will also be lightened. Carbó and Parra are charged in the National High Court for the 3% audiovisual. Not so Madi.

The prosecutor has highlighted (and Madí has ​​admitted) that Triacom was the smallest company for which the former politician’s consultant worked, which since 2010 has been providing advisory services to large multinationals and Catalan companies. The small volume of Triacom was precisely what, according to the prosecutor, allowed Madí to make invoices of 194,700 to the producer for advisory and consulting services that were not actually provided and thus be able to defraud the Treasury.

Madí has ​​denied that the “abnormality” in payments to Triacom detected by the prosecutor has anything to do with a fraud against the Treasury and has given a new business lesson: “Very important companies have a payday, but with small companies like Carbó’s doesn’t work like that, they pay when it goes well and if there is agreement and trust”.

The former convergent, who despite coming from a wealthy family of the Catalan bourgeoisie has pointed out that he had “economic difficulties” at the beginning of his business, has reported that Carbó, whom he has known for 20 years, asked him to be one of the clients of their companies, despite the fact that he denies it “because of its procedural benefits.”

The prosecutor has asked Madí to describe what the “strategic consulting” work consists of, in his opinion the excuse with which to issue the false invoices of the plot. “It is much broader than making a report on the economic situation, there are projects, reports, meetings… Those who rule in companies know exactly what work you do and how you do it,” Madí responded.

In one of the sentences of the trial, Madí has ​​not missed the opportunity to quote another defendant who has denied the fraud alleging that he was making “ditches” in a construction company. “I don’t dig ditches but I am well known in this country for other capacities,” argued the former right-hand man of Artur Mas, who implored the prosecutor: “My profile should be understood.”

“It is absolutely false that there was no provision of service. He was a client and he was a friend. He was the smallest client of the firm but the jobs were real”, Madí reiterated, to immediately invite the prosecutor to examine “a little more” his professional profile before “disqualifying” his abilities to provide consulting services: “Excuse me , but in this country I am known, it seems to me”.

As revealed by, the investigation by the National Court has revealed that the production company Triacom later paid 420,000 euros to David Madí. Carbó paid for all the expenses of the former convergent leader’s private office, including furniture, telephone, electricity, coffee or pens. Madí’s defense maintains that all the invoices that his companies issued to Triacom correspond to services actually provided and perfectly accredited.

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