An assistant “advised” him in November to transfer money from two of his companies “to avoid it being kept” by the Tax Agency
Two weeks before his arrest, José Luis Moreno tried to get money to pay off a 1.6 million debt he had with the Treasury, according to a series of telephone conversations intercepted by the Judicial Police. In a report sent in June to the National Court there is a call from June 16 in which Beatriz Sánchez – in charge of managing the ventriloquist’s administration and accounting – assured that Moreno had asked her to get 2.2 million euros: 1, 6 million for the Treasury and 600,000 euros for an outstanding debt.
According to investigators, the assistant said that the producer wanted him to ask for a loan, to rent the ships or to be mortgaged. The woman, however, assured that this had already been tried by one of her collaborators and that “he could not.” In the context of the conversation collected by the agents, Sánchez assured that “Moreno told him that it was not so much money.” The assistant also explained that the ventriloquist, in his attempt to collect the outstanding amount, asked Luis Dueñas – in charge of managing the debts maintained by Moreno’s companies – to lend him the money. “This has told him that he can not lend him more, and that is the reason why Luis is now bad,” he said.
“You need a lot of money”
Sánchez’s interlocutor, Cristina Muñoz -one of the workers of Moreno’s accounting department arrested in the plot-, asked him about the payment of the General Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE). But in the end it was discarded: “He is going to use it for other things.” Faced with this situation, Muñoz stressed that “Moreno needs a lot of money” because “as it comes in, it comes out.” That same morning, the assistant to the television producer had spoken with another person, to whom he had also informed that Moreno needed a loan of 2.2 million euros, “to see if a bank can give him something.” “If he gets that money, he takes away the 600,000 from Altamira and the 1,600,000 from the Treasury and that’s it,” he said.
Days later, just a week after his arrest, it was announced that the ventriloquist’s name appeared on the list of defaulters published each year by the Tax Agency. Moreno appeared as a debtor of 1.04 million euros through his company Kulteperalia and 1.62 million through Alba Adriatica. It was not the first time that the Treasury included him on its list. In 2020, both companies were listed, with debts of 1.4 and 1.3 million respectively.
In November, Moreno’s assistant spoke with the person in charge of managing the debts on the accounts they had with the Treasury, according to another report from the Judicial Police, dated January. In that call, they commented that they were going to “divide” the debt “by companies instead of making a global agreement”, which -as he said- benefited them “when deciding what to do with Alba Adriatica and separate it from the rest.” .
The investigators maintain that it was Sánchez who went to the Tax Agency to find out about the situation and that it was “who advised Moreno that after the subsidiary personal referral for non-payment in Kulteperalia and Alba Adriatica they would transfer the money from the accounts” to another of his companies “To prevent the Treasury from taking it.”