After five years of extradition requests and more than four subpoenas to inquest, Nestor Ramos, based in Switzerland and a key man in the structure that allowed Lázaro Báez to launder 33 million dollars, was investigated by Judge Sebastián Casanello. In the next few days, their procedural situation will be resolved in a section of the case known as the Ruta del Dinero K, which focuses on the financial structure based in that European country.
Ramos, who made a written discharge to which he agreed Clarion, owns Helvetic Service Group, the company used to buy the financial La Rosadita where the Báez laundered money and which became famous for the video in which the businessman’s son, Martín, counted 5 million dollars and toasted with whiskey.
Néstor Ramos, is charged in this file linked to the Ruta del Dinero K, as a participant in the structure that allowed to put into circulation during the months of December 2012 and January, February. March and April 2013, “goods of illicit origin that would be owned by Lázaro Báez, for a sum of USD 32,800,000, which would end up being incorporated into the patrimony of Austral Construcciones SA”, the accusation that they read to him maintains.
Báez’s former lawyer, Jorge Chueco, was one of those who mentioned Ramos and Helvetic Service Group in the case: “It is a Swiss capital investment company. Its proxy director is Néstor Marcelo Ramos, a man from Cordoba who manages these investments. Ramos has 33 percent and is also a director of the company. The rest is in the power of foreigners whom I do not know ”, he replied when the Justice inquired about him. The financier and repentant in the Leonardo Fariña case went further and argued that “Helvetic always belonged to Lazarus. ”
Without answering questions, the owner of HSG submitted a letter to which he agreed Clarion. All the operations that link him with Lázaro Báez, according to his defense, were “legally legal” and “within the framework of fiduciary services provided to Mr. Báez”. Ramos separated himself from any other type of relationship with businessman K. “It seems important to point out that my relationship with him only took place within the framework of this professional relationship, limiting itself to the legal contractual and commercial link, and that it was in the interest of both parties. ”.
One of the few images of financier Néstor Marcelo Ramos, linked to the Báez case and living in Switzerland.
Justice suspects the opposite. The maneuver for which Néstor Ramos was charged and investigated consisted of a series of transactions with public debt securities acquired abroad, deposited by the Safra Bank of Geneva, Switzerland, through the Euroclear compensation system, from the account of Helvetic Services Group SA, attributed to Ramos in 33% and Ursula Verena Fontana in the remaining percentage and whose financial movements benefited Báez.
Another link that Judge Casanello highlighted: Báez’s lawyer, Jorge Oscar Chueco, had a power of attorney from Helvetic. During the investigation, it was determined that the firm managed by Ramos.
Ramos and Báez are joined by more money movements, although the Swiss-based businessman denied them. “At no time did I participate in acts of transfer abroad of money of doubtful origin, that is, the origin of the same has always been known, while at no time has it been hidden that they came from the different companies belonging to the Baez Group ”.
He also said that bond operations “cannot be considered illicit and, even less, as an instrument to hide the origin of money when this type of operation is legal and is a valid financial tool.” It stated that the funds used to carry out the fiduciary investment operation in Argentina “came from accounts where the economic beneficiaries coincided with the final beneficiaries of the transfers, thus not hiding their origin or destination.”
Ramos and the sons of Lazarus
There was a report from Switzerland that corroborated 139 operations for more than 20 million dollars in Switzerland related to the environment of businessman K and that showed several of the bank accounts that his four children were beneficiaries of them.
One of the latest documents delivered by Switzerland, as reported by Clarín, stated that the beneficiaries of the Helvetic Service Group (HSG) account opened at the J. Safra Sarasin bank had Martín, Leandro, Luciana and Melina Báez as beneficiaries, all of whom were convicted. for money laundering.
Lázaro Báez always denied that the company belonged to him and only admitted having received 209 million pesos from it for a work. But during 2017, the Financial Investigation Unit (UIF) presented a document where the firm linked to businessman K would have received 25 transactions for more than nine million dollars in the United States. In addition, the lawyer Néstor Ramos, head of the company, which appears in the operations of “La Rosadita” -the financier that belonged to Federico Elaskar-, collected commissions from a Spanish firm for 900,000 euros.
Helvetic’s lawyer and owner said that his relationship with Báez was purely professional. The truth is that to all this set of operations, another report was added that indicates Helvetic had more direct links with the Báez family. The account opened in the name of this company was for the benefit of the “same beneficiaries of the Fondation Kinsky account”, that is: “the four children of Lázaro Báez.”
The Swiss bank reported the existence of documentation that supports said maneuver and accompanied a “Preferred Stock Subscription Agreement” that was signed between HSG, represented by Ramos, and Austral, represented by its then president, Julio Mendoza.
Thus, through HSG, 21,800 preferred shares issued by the construction company equivalent to 21,800,000 dollars were subscribed.
What did Ramos say? That at that time, the contracting of Austral by the State “was public and notorious” and that at that time “the large quantity of public works that the named had been awarded was not in question,” for which there was no way -according to his discharge- “of having reason to even suspect that the origin of the sums of money entrusted to him by whoever his client was, could have some kind of illicit origin.”
The operations were more substantial. The existence of documentation was also confirmed where it is shown that HSG sold and transferred to Fondation Kisnky -whose bank beneficiaries are the children of Báez-, 109 titles representing the shares for the sum of money consigned.
From the movement summaries of bank account 608936 in the J. Safra Sarasin owned by Helvetic and whose beneficiaries were the children of businessman K, it was determined that from its opening until June 2013 when the cause known as the Money Route broke out, credits were recorded for 59,104,205 dollars, debits for 59,053,205 dollars.
Also, between December 31, 2014, to the closing date of the account, there were credits of $ 1,600,000 and debits of $ 266,613. The bank account was closed on November 5, 2015 with a remaining balance of $ 1,380,000 which was transferred via Intlex Ltd. to the Noor Islamic Bank in Dubbai.
Regarding the operations in Dubai, the owner of Helvetic, the lawyer said that it originated from “the invoices for the provision of professional services carried out by Helvetic Services Group SA from 2012 to 2016, compensation for damages, as stipulated in the mandate contract. subscribed fiduciary, credit that was assigned to the foreign company ”.
Certified documentation commits you even more. The contract for the sale-sale of shares and rights between HSG and SGI Argentina SA was known, referring to the sale of the latter for 1,475.00 dollars. The sale included SGI Argentina and SGI Bursátil, detailed documentation from Switzerland.
Helvetic in the world
In addition, according to information added to the case from 2003 to 2010, Helvetic – led by Ramos – had 148 shell companies created in Las Vegas, whose resident agent in Nevada is the Panamanian firm Mossack and Fonseca, and the majority presented as “ administrator ”to Aldyne based in the Seychelles. Some have a relationship with Báez and others of those cardboard firms with other suspicious financial operations of third parties.
At an international level, Helvetic Continental Group is the controlling company of two commercial companies in Spain: GB & Partenrs Tradingand Consulting SL and Serbel Trade SL. On the other hand, Javier Vanella, Ramos’ nephew, is listed as director of a group of companies based in Great Britain: Credit One Europe LTD, Dermaine LTD, Fedavie LTD and Partlite LTD, all with registered offices in London, First Floor 41 Chalton Street.
Ramos concluded his discharge by denying any intervention in “serious facts that are being investigated here,” he pointed out that all his activity was as a “fiduciary agent where I have carried out an absolutely lawful activity in the representation of my clients.” And that of all the operations under investigation, “I did not receive benefits other than the fees legitimately received for my services.”