Journalism for All – led by Jorge Lanata – presented a report that puts the magnifying glass on the billionaire business of the photomults and their implications with officials. In other words, a business “from both sides of the counter”, as defined in this Sunday’s note..
This is not an exaggeration. According to the report, the estimated collection for infractions only in the AMBA is 14 billion pesos by year.
How is the operation reported? The Chamber of Traffic Infractions Administration and Control Companies (CECAITRA) is the institution that groups traffic control companies that provides software, cameras and radars to the State.
Now, PPT reported that there are 15 companies that make up this Chamber and in at least five of those firms two names appear: Bernardino Garcia, president of CECAITRA, and Mariano Garcia, his son and vice president of the entity.
Jorge Lanata’s report on photomultas in PPT. Photo Capture eltrece
“It appears as a non-profit Civil Association but that distributes millions of pesos in profits. It has contracts with all levels of the State to offer its services and the main business is that in addition to what it is paid, it stays -according to the arrangement with each jurisdiction- with a part of the collection for infractions“, highlights the report of Journalism for All armed by journalist Manu Jove.
For example -develops the investigation- in 2020 CECAITRA signed a macro agreement with the National Road Safety Agency (ANSV) to participate in the radarization on national routes and advise the state body on issues of appropriate technologies to carry out the controls.
The complaint – always according to the PPT report – is that the functionaries who participate in that agreement are linked to the Chamber.
On the one hand, the Interjurisdictional director of the ANSV appears, Martin El Tahham, who until December 31, 2019 I work as employees with CECAITRA.
Martín El Tahham, another of the officials “from both sides of the counter”, to whom Jorge Lanata put the spotlight. Capture PPT
On the other hand, the executive director of the Agency, Pablo Martínez Carignano. “He did not work in a dependency relationship with CECAITRA, but billed him repeatedly. In fact, he was a columnist on radio shows (Things happened, by Radio With You, for example) with auspices of that entity“, they maintained.
Passing on clean, two officials of the National Road Safety Agency had link in turn with CECAITRA.
Pablo Martínez Carignano, a radio columnist, billed the camera for photomulting companies. Road Safety Officer. Capture PPT
On the other hand, a mid-2020 contract was revealed between the National Road Safety Agency and the DETECTRA company, which belongs to Mariano García and be part of the same chamber CECAITRA. That purchase, of radars, is for more than 42 million pesos.
In the crosshairs of the Anti-Corruption Office
From PPT, in its version Box, also reported that the Anti-Corruption Office issued an opinion on July 16.
Jorge Lanata’s report on photomultas. Photo Capture eltrece
The entity that controls the incompatibilities of the officials argued there that The Tahham -From his recent employment relationship with CECAITRA- he should have refrained from signing that agreement.
However, did not comment on Martínez Carignano, since the official did not present to the OA the invoices that he issued in 2019 addressed to the camera.
Finally, from the program hosted by Lanata they reported that this it’s not the first time that CECAITRA is denounced for businesses of “Both sides of the counter.”
“They are already investigated in the federal justice Morón for a similar case. They had links with municipalities that were ‘outsourced’ through another state body, the National Technological University. They were hired by different municipalities to provide their service. But nevertheless, the amounts did not allow those hiring to be made directly with a private entity. The UTN appeared there and behind that entity it was CECAITRA who provided the service, “they indicated.
The name that then appeared as the head of the UTN was Felipe Yanaduoni, also a director of CECAITRA. Yes, ironically, it appeared in the ethics committee.