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Legal tip 188. Notaries control on corruption
02 December 2009 @ 10:35


From now on information requirements to the central Office of Prevention of Money Laundering (OCP) of the General Council of Notaries shall be made by automated means, not in written as it has been being done so far. The chief Prosecutor of the Public Prosecutors National office, Antonio Salinas Casado and President of the General Council of Notaries, Antonio Ojeda Escobar, signed yesterday a cooperation agreement between both institutions to do so.

The agreement is born with the desire to contribute 'with the maximum possible intensity to combat the social evil which represent phenomena such as money laundering, economic crime and corruption', as the president of Notaries said, Antonio Ojeda.

In future dates, the General Council of Notaries will enable a web platform to channel the information requirements made by this office. To provide the system with the maximum guarantees of safety, the Notarial Certification Agency (Ancert), an entity organized in 2002 by the General Council of Notaries, will deliver corporate e-signature certificates for the correct identification of the prosecutors who make a request.

The current rules on money laundering determine that notaries have the status of obligated in preventing and combating money laundering. As a result of this, notaries have increased in recent years the amount of information they give to the authorities.

Free translation by Maria L. de Castro of new posted in business journal Cinco Dias, 2-12-2009

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Sandra said:
02 December 2009 @ 22:06

The Notary who oversaw our property transaction was 'in house' or appeared to be.
He was the gentleman (well into his 70s and who might possibly have been showing early signs of dementia) who, with a generous smile, assured us that, 'with your lawyers you have no worries. They are very good lawyers.'
Well at that age you can say anything, there's only a slim chance you will live to face the legal consequences of any deceipt.Especially in Spain.
So, who can you trust?

Sandra said:
03 December 2009 @ 08:58

Yes, the "amiguismo" o "compadreo" is one of our endemic evils. I do not know how to translate that into english.

Sandra said:
03 December 2009 @ 21:28

We are two different Sandras for anyone who wonders!
Sandra, 'Google' translates as 'Cronyism'

Maria said:
03 December 2009 @ 21:34

Jobs for the boys.

Doedoe said:
16 December 2009 @ 22:41

Completing our purchase of a lovely apartment in Feb 2008 The Notary informed us that the incomplete highway and other parts of our small complex of 44 apartments would be completed if the Builder failed to do so. Our final payment of 26 thousand euro's was to be held with the builders, Bankers cheque for the same value. this sum would complete all the work that need to be done. Another owner also had the same information from the Notary which would mean a fund of 104 thousand euros was held, more than enough to complete the work on the 44 units. This encouraged us to sign & complete as we trusted the legal system. Were we stupid
We were told early in 2009 that the fund was no longer available. Please could someone tell me how this could of happen where is the 104,000. Euros. No explaination has been offered by the Notary. Is this a big fiddle, who is responsible for this fraud?? 2 years later no further work has been done, The builder has not paid any of his suppliers & a water pump which will cost 6,000 to replace was removed because the Builder had not paid the Plumber. Why is the Spanish Government allowing this type of FRAUD.

Maria said:
17 December 2009 @ 11:43

Was the money safeguarded by the Notary? I need to see the written agreement of this deal.

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