Several former BBVA advisers felt spied and watched a few years after leaving the management body of the financial institution, although they never reported it. In some cases there was even evidence, in others only suspicions and many assumptions about what can be hidden behind. Now, the hiring of José Manuel Villareto's 14-year business by the bank and the alleged spying work commissioned directly by his president, Francisco Gonzalez, has been revealed. the doubts became convinced.
This is reported in EL Correo by some former advisers of the resigning entity – from the truth, it must be said that they were laid off or forced to resign – in 2002, after the existence of the assets of the former BBV that remained outside of the entity's balance sheet, managed through companies based in Jersey. A question that by the end of 2001 led to the resignation of the then co-chairman of the bank, Emilio Jabra, and the executive director, Pedro Luis Uriart.
"For several years I had the absolute certainty that my phones were controlled, as well as those of my closest relatives. We all noticed weird things like the recorded repetition of the conversation you had when I took the phone again, "said the former banking adviser at the time.
The tension between that group of BBV and Francisco Gonzalez advisers was more apparent. The departure of the parallel operation that the entity had for decades, Also, the opening of pension funds was opened on behalf of the 22 executives who came from the Basque bank, formalized shortly before the merger with Argentaria and a combined amount of 19.3 million euros. The money came from Jersey accounts and everything indicated that this was the final reimbursement of the directors, bearing in mind that from that moment and after the merger, their rewards will be significantly reduced in the new board.
Although from a historical point of view, compensation – the average is less than 900,000 euros per counsel – must qualify as "marginal" compared to the compensation that the bank paid in the last decade on some of its senior positions, the truth is that It was the lever on which Francisco Gonzalez leaned to make a real target in the dome of the corporation. From that moment directors who arrived from Argentina became the majority and Gonzalez managed to start managing the bank without any obstacles or objections.
«I always suspected that the escort is transferring information to the bank. Where did I go, with whom I met, what I said in his presence …", Pointing to another former bank adviser. Francisco Gonzalez himself, they say, "insisted" the financial institution to pay the expenses of the escort of already former councilors, despite the circumstances in which the bank left the existing tension.
Although at that time almost all of them understood it as a "logical gesture", since many of them retained the habitual living in the Basque Country and their public notoriety put them at the center of the target of extortion of the terrorist band ETA "Regardless of their work as an escort and that they were really nice people, and also that their main mission was to protect me, I always had the idea that what I saw would be known by Francisco Gonzalez», Adds former adviser.
- Controlled communications.
One of them even heard his conversations before he picked up the phone.
- Struggle for power
Some offered their support for the work of Sachir, which motivated the employment of Villarjejo.
Years face to face
The tension between that group of directors and the president of BBVA has remained alive for many years, not just because the case resulted in a lawsuit that Judge Garson had taught – the Supreme Court ruled that there had been no unlawful action in the case of pension funds, but also because of that some were identified as protagonists in the operation which, in fact, will encourage Francisco Gonzalez to hire the services of Villarjejo.
The attempt by Louis Del Reevero – President of Sachir and Juan Abelo to take control of the bank and dismiss Francisco Gonzalez, had implicitly endorsed some former advisers who had significant actions. According to information that has taken place in recent weeks, the bank has hired Villarego's services to defend exactly that group of shareholders, although the methods used seem to smell illegally on all four sides.
According to this information, Villarreo spied on hundreds of businessmen, senior CNMV officials, and even members of the Jose Luis Rodriguez Sapatero government, tracking and recording your phone calls. The summaries of these talks, at least the basic part of what was in connection with Satyr's attempt to attack the bank's management, was handed over to entity security chief Julio Corrocano, who in his Stom informs Francisco Gonzalez.
Suspicions about the initial investigation carried out by the bank
BBVA officially acknowledged that an internal investigation was launched in June for the payout made for Villarjejo, the result of which is unknown. Recently, the entity has hired the services of two external firms to strengthen and deepen that job. However, yesterday, we learned that the first investigation was entrusted to the chief of internal audit, Joaquin Gortari. And this despite the fact that Gortari, the former head of the cabinet and the highest trustee of Francisco Gonzalez, acted as a mediator in some commissions made in Villarjejo. In particular, according to information released yesterday, the Aegean Sea Safety Study conducted in mid-2016, just before the BBVA President began a vacation in that area, after hiring a schooner.