Former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s mother, 87-year-old Ofelia Wilhelm, was accused of having done illegal business with the Argentine Post Office while her daughter was in office.
According to a special report that aired yesterday on TN, Wilhelm is part of a cooperative called “El Aldabón” (the knocker) which received over AR $60 million from the State between 2011 and 2015 as payment for delivering bills from the Buenos Aires Province tax collecting agency (ARBA) in the city of La Plata. The thing is, the postal service can only subcontract to third parties that have been authorized by the state to provide this kind of service. And “El Aldabón” wasn’t.
The report goes on to explain that on August 18th, 2015, the Argentine post office’s board renewed the contract with the cooperative — comprised mostly of retirees like Wilhelm.
“Authorities approved a direct payment to ‘El Aldabón’ for that year’s service for AR $147 million. However, President Mauricio Macri suspended the contract after taking office and the cooperative only received AR $4 million but there were other years when it made a lot of money,” explained Clarín journalist Nicolás Wiñazki, who was attacked last Thursday in La Plata while working on the report. It hasn’t been clarified, whether he was attacked because of the report in particular or because the aggressor held a different political ideology from the reporter.
The report is the product of a formal investigation conducted by Civic Coalition (CC) National Deputy, Hernán Reyes. Along with the leader of his party, Elisa “Lilita” Carrió, Reyes presented a formal accusation against “El Aldabón” today that involved Kirchnerite officials for defrauding the state. “The Kirchners looted the Argentine post office to the benefit of a fake cooperative,” Reyes told Clarín.
This latest accusation can be added to the multiple corruption charges facing members of the Kirchner family. In addition to the active charges filed against the former president, her children Máximo and Florencia, are also under investigation for the actions of Hotesur and Los Sauces – two companies they are both board members of that are being investigated for potentially serving as fronts for laundering money embezzled from the State.
The last member of the family to have had serious charges filed against her was Santa Cruz Health Minister, Rocío García, the wife of the Kirchners’ son Máximo. García has been under scrutiny since late October for a government program that some now say was riddled with corruption.