This afternoon, Federal Judge Norberto Oyarbide prosecuted the former vice president, Amado Boudou, for receiving gifts more than four years ago.
The formal accusation comes, now, at the request of prosecutor Carlos Rivolo in relation to complimentary helicopter and plane rides that the former official had taken during a visit to the city of Necochea in December 2011. As the transport was not billed for, the prosecution alleges that is qualifies as an unlawful gift for the then vice president to accept.
Boudou has been indicted along with the former mayor of Necochea, Horacio Tellechea, who invited the former vice president to the city in order to perform public acts; Nazareno Natale, who owns Alas del Fin del Mundo, the aviation company that provided the plane from Buenos Aires to Necochea; and Marcelo Scaramellini from Ecodyma, the company that provided the helicopter used to transport Boudou to the park in which he performed the public act.
In requesting the indictment, Rivolo stated that is was “incomprehensible” that Boudou would have used transportation provided by the two private companies while state aircraft was available.
The former vice president’s career has been subject to a number of accusations of corruption and misuse of public funds. Most recently, Boudou was indicted in June 2014 in relation to a contract purchasing scandal with the printing company, Ciccone Calcografica, which is being investigated in the court of Federal Judge Ariel Lijo.
While Boudou is currently on vacation in Mexico, he has promised to return today and notify Lijo of his return. Due to the Carnaval holiday, Boudou will notify the judge on Wednesday 10th February.