Managers of Spanish firm Natural Salads accused of misappropriation of 1.9 M€

The president, the secretary and three members of the Board of Directors of the agricultural firm Natural Salads SL have been accused by the administrators of the companies Productores Hortofrutícolas de Lorca SL, Millennium Ventas SL and Arkadia Food SL, of an alleged misappropriation of funds that would exceed 1.9 million Euro.

The proceedings are being carried out in the Court of First Instance and Instruction number 5 of Lorca, which seeks to clarify whether in addition to this alleged misappropriation, other crimes have also been committed, namely belonging to a criminal organization, document forgery, corporate crimes, unfair administration and coercion.

So far, the former president of Natural Salads, A. G. Q .; the former secretary of the Board of Directors, J. L. A., and the members of the board of directors J. J. V. G., F. C. S. and J. G. G. have already testified and the instruction is already practically completed.

One of the most serious accusations against the defendants is the alleged illegal appropriation of 1.9 million Euro. This would have been done by ignoring the obligation to pay Natural Salads (or paying less than what was owed) for the management of the products supplied through their respective companies, liquidating watermelon and broccoli crops at a higher price than was due, receiving amounts for Iceberg lettuce that would be backed only by forged invoices, and issuing others with excesses or concepts that were incorrect.

They are also accused of having manipulated or forged the annual accounts corresponding to the years 2016-17, with the apparent objective of hiding outstanding credits totaling 143,645 Euro for the company Natural Salads.

Lastly, the complainants assure that the former members of the Board of Directors would have placed all kinds of obstacles to prevent providing detailed information to the auditors and experts hired by the brothers and partners.




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