On Wednesday, Lazarus Báez was sentenced to 12 years in prison as part of the case known as Money Route K, where he was prosecuted for money laundering maneuvers for $55 million between 2003 and 2015.
After almost two and a half years of trial (it began in October 2018), the Federal Oral Court 4, composed of judges Nestor Costabel, Adriana Palliotti and Gabriela López Iñiguez. He also handed down sentences for others involved. In the case of Leonardo Fariña, the judges decided to reduce the penalty for having collaborated in the investigation as an accused repentant and considering that his contributions were necessary for the clarification of the case. In this way, although an 8-year sentence was stipulated, he finally received 5. In turn, he was fined 5 times the amount of operations, for aggravated money laundering as co-author. The same penalty was given for Iliana Calabró’s ex, Fabián Rossi and Federico Elaskar obtained 4 years and 6 months. All the courts, together with Báez and his eldest son, considered perpetrators of the crime, were charged by the prosecutor as alleged co-authors of aggravated money laundering for having been routinely committed and for being perpetrated by members of a band formed “for the continued commission of the facts”. Fariña, let’s remember, acted as Báez’s “valijero”. And he was the only repentant in the cause, his testimony helped rebuild the chain of the money route and changed the course of the investigation. Jorge Chueco, Daniel Pérez Gadín, Martín Báez and Leandro Báez were also convicted, among others, in a process that had 27 defendants. However, it is estimated that the dictamen will be appealed by the lawyers defending the accused and the sentence will remain in a “waiting time” until the famous time comes to “stand firm the judgment”, a procedure that can last for years if other backgrounds are considered. All those convicted in trial1) Lázaro Antonio Báez, 12 years2) Jorge Oscar Chueco, 8 years3) Daniel Rodolfo Pérez Gadín, 8 years4) Jorge Leonardo Fariña, 5 years5) Martín Antonio Báez, 9 years old) Leandro Antonio Báez, 5 years7) Melina Soledad Báez, 3 years8) Luciana Sabrina Báez, 3 years9) Walter A. Zanzot, 5 years10) Julio Enrique Mendoza, 6 years11) Claudio Bustos, 4 years and 6 months12) Eduardo César Larrea (acquitted)13) Walter Santiago Carradori (acquitted)14) Fabian Virgilio Rossi , 5 years15) Federico Elaskar, 4 years and 6 months16) Juan Carlos Molinari, 4 years and 6 months17) Mario Lisandro Acevedo Fernández, (acquitted)18) Daniel Alejandro Bryn, 3 years19) Juan Ignacio Pisano Costa, 2 years20) Sebastián Ariel Pérez Gadín (acquitted)21) Alejandro Ons Costa (acquitted)22) César Gustavo Fernández, 5 years23) Jorge N. Cerrota, 2 years and 6 months.24) Christian Martín Delli Quadri (acquitted)25) Eduardo Guillermo Castro , 5 years26) Martín Andrés Eraso, 4 years and 6 months27) Juan Alberto De Rasis, 6 years old