Witness provided evidence of the US$7.1 million he gave to Keiko Fujimori

The ex-spouses Keiko Fujimori and Mark Vito Villanella stated during the presentation of the Cócteles case that the accounting appraisals applied to their assets show that there is no financial imbalance, so they did not commit the crime of money laundering. The businessman Enrique Gubbins Bovet provided abundant documentary information to the prosecution that contradicts the version of the ex-spouses.

As a result of a secret agreement between businessman Juan Rassmuss Echecopar, in which his nephew Enrique Gubbins Bovet also participated, both made 63 money deliveries directly to Keiko Fujimori, her ex-husband Mark Vito or to people in her entourage designated by her, for a total of US$7,110,000, in the period between 2010 and 2016.

Of that total, 21 deliveries were for US$50,000; 15 of US$150,000; 13 of US$200,000; 4 of US$80,000; 3 of US$100,000; 3 of US$60,000; 2 of US$65,000; and 2 of US$40,000.

According to information provided by Gubbins, in all cases he provided the money in cash and US$100 bills.

Ticket by ticket

All the Fujimorists who arrived at the offices of the company Sudamericana de Fibras (SDF), at 6815 Néstor Gambetta Avenue, Callao, to pick up the packages of cash, were registered by the trusted personnel of Juan Rassmuss and his nephew Enrique Gubbins. Among them was Keiko Fujimori herself, who on February 20, 2013 arrived accompanied by her former campaign manager Jaime Yoshiyama Tanaka. She took US$50,000. And on December 10 and 12, 2015, it was Mark Vito Villanella’s turn, who on each occasion withdrew US$80,000.

Keiko Fujimori and Mark Villanella never declared as assets the US$210,000 they received from Juan Rassmuss and his nephew Enrique Gubbins, so no expert report could have detected either the origin or the destination of that amount, which corresponds to the US$7,110,000 that Keiko Fujimori supposedly received in total to finance her presidential campaigns in 2011 and 2016.

Keiko Fujimori and Mark Villanella appear on the list that Gubbins provided to the prosecution regarding the distribution of money of illicit origin. Credit: La República.
Keiko Fujimori and Mark Villanella appear on the list that Gubbins provided to the prosecution regarding the distribution of money of illicit origin. Credit: La República.

In a written statement to the prosecution, attaching documentation supporting his claims, Enrique Gubbins said that after the death of his uncle Juan Rassmuss on March 26, 2016, Keiko Fujimori continued receiving remittances. In fact, between May 10 and 25 of that year, Enrique Gubbins gave her 6 packages of US$150,000 on each occasion. And once, on May 30, US$150,000. That is, US$1,000,000.

This means that during his lifetime, Juan Rassmuss provided almost all (86%) of what Keiko Fujimori received (US$7,110,000). According to the records, Rassmuss himself gave her US$50,000 in his office on February 20, 2013.

Until the last voucher

Among the key documents provided by businessman Enrique Gubbins to the prosecution are the extraction letters that Sudamericana de Fibras sent to Scotiabank to withdraw from its account in said bank and send them to the company in cash in US$100,000 bills through security vehicles of the Hermes company. He also provided Scotiabank receipts for the amounts requested by Sudamericana de Fibras, as well as the Hermes record of the delivery of the sums to Rassmuss’ company.

This documentary information allows us to verify that the money from these operations was then transferred in cash to Keiko Fujimori, Mark Villanella and other money carriers. In this way, the prosecution was able to establish a timeline between the dates on which the money from Scotiabank arrived at the Sudamericana de Fibras company and the dates on which the amounts were delivered.

For example, on February 18, 2013, Sudamericana de Fibras requested the withdrawal of US$50,000, which was then awarded to Keiko Fujimori on February 20, 2013. The US$160,000 that Mark Villanella collected in two installments, on November 10 and 12, 2013, left Sudamericana de Fibras’ account at Scotiabank on November 9 of that year.

Everything is fully documented.

At all times, businessman Enrique Gubbins Bovet refers to the fact that the US$7,110,000 that was withdrawn from his uncle’s company was destined for “Mrs. Keiko Fujimori’s political project.” Therefore, there is no doubt about the purpose of the 63 cash deliveries made by Juan Rassmuss and his nephew.

In addition, Enrique Gubbins provided the list of the people to whom he had to pay the different amounts required, in accordance with what had been agreed upon in the meetings with Keiko Fujimori and Jaime Yoshiyama. “Yes, I participated in several meetings promoted by Mr. Juan Rassmuss with Mrs. Keiko Fujimori, which were held at the offices of Sudamericana de Fibras, at Néstor Gambetta Avenue 6815, in Callao, and others held at the home of Mr. Jaime Yoshiyama Tanaka, located in Camacho, La Molina.”

Identified haulers

According to Gubbins, among the people assigned to withdraw the money were Augusto Bedoya Cámere, Jaime Yoshiyama Tanaka, Jorge Yoshiyama Sasaki, and Víctor Shiguiyama Kobashigawa, all members of Keiko Fujimori’s inner circle. And there are others who have been fully identified.

The prosecution is claiming that the money that Juan Rassmuss provided to the “political project of Mrs. Keiko Fujimori” was of illegal origin, because during the interrogations, executives and officials of Sudamericana de Fibras reported that with a single phone call from Rassmuss, the company’s money was available, which then ended up in the hands of the former presidential candidate. In this case, the crime of fraud in the administration of legal entities would be configured.

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