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Argentina – Ansenuza Casino cleared of any construction irregularities

By - 13 June 2017

The Public Prosecutor’s Office of Córdoba has closed the investigation into supposed irregularities surrounding the construction of the Ansenuza Hotel Casino and Spa.

After an investigation the office has determined that there were no irregularities in the construction of the hotel and that no wrong doing had occurred.

Prosecutor in charge of the case Gustavo Dalma made the decision after engineers and experts working on behalf of the Judiciary ruled that the work carried out confirmed to the standards of good building practice and did not find any evidence of overpricing during its construction. As a result the prosecutor decided to close the proceedings because he considered that there was no evidence of any criminal wrong doing.

The controversy surrounds the fact that the Province of Cordoba has spent an estimated US$44m to build the Ansenuza Hotel Casino and Spa in Miramar. The hotel has a modern casino, spa, golf course with nine holes, and overlooks the Mar Chiquita lagoon. Although the exact cost of the complex is still unknown, according to some estimates it cost as much as seven times the amount that had been previously envisaged for the complex.

In September last year three legislators from the province of Córdoba Aurelio García Elorrio, Juan Pablo Quinteros and Liliana Montero, denounced a number of irregularities centring on the construction of the hotel and demanded that an investigation into whether work was paid above market value be carried out as well as alleged abuses of authority and the defrauding of the state during the construction of the four-star resort.

Dalma, who did not accept the three legislators as plaintiffs in the case ruled that “no crime” had occurred. As a result García Elorrio, Quinteros and Montero, have announced that they will contest the findings in court.

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