Community president makes a deal

It’s not only corrupt Spanish officials that home-owners have to beware of these days.

A British man, who was president of the Nerja Residents’ Association, allegedly defrauded its members out of as much as 200,000 euros, and has now made a deal with prosecutors.

The 52 year old was arrested in 2009 after the association denounced him after discrepancies were found in the income and expenditure accounts. He was due to appear in court next week to face two separate charges of aggravated embezzlement.

The prosecutor alleged that the money was taken from owners to carry out work on their properties, but the work was never done. The man also faces a charge of keeping community fees and payments for maintenance which he received from some owners.

The prosecutor was asking for him to receive five years in prison for the embezzlement charge, which he said was aggravated due to the length of time it continued, plus a further four year sentence for the continued fraud.

The residents’ association had also brought a private case against him, in which it demanded five years imprisonment for misappropriation of funds plus five years for fraud, and a further two years for falsification of documents. He has already served 16 months in prison.

It is now reported, however, that he has made a deal with the prosecution to accept a four year prison sentence for a continuing offence of fraud, plus a fine of 151,000 euros. The deal, which was agreed by his legal representative, and the residents’ association of which he was president, also prohibits him from holding any similar position for the same period. He must also pay court costs.

Deal Reached to Legalise Property in Mijas

The Junta and the Ayuntamiento have reached a deal that could see properties legalised within eight months.

The agreement represents a huge step forward in a conflict that has lasted for years. Approximately 8,000 properties were built irregularly or illegally in the Mijas area alone.

The deal was announced on Friday by Manuel Navarro, the local councillor for town planning. He explained the deal to the spokespeople from the three main opposition groups.

An inventory of all irregular properties will now be carried out. This time it will be done far more comprehensively than that which was done by the previous governing team in the town.

The agreement means that the PGOU can be modified in part to legalise illegal or irregular properties. Navarro claims that this proposal will be confirmed after meeting the Delegate for Territorial Ordination in Málaga, Enrique Benítez.

The town planning councillor said that Mijas is leading the way in regularising homes. ‘It may take longer, possibly, but we guarantee to solve this urgent social problem which is one of the main concerns in our municipality’, said Navarro. The process could take between eight and ten months.