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Simeón García accused of money laundering in the Dominican Republic
Thu, Nov 29th, 2018

SANTO DOMINGO

The owner of the airlines Aserca, Santa Bárbara Airlines and PAWA, Simeón García, faces charges for ceasing operations, tax fraud, money laundering, conspiracy for fraud and corruption in the Dominican Republic.

Curaçao Chronicle learned that about PAWA Dominicana and García there are allegations that indicate a breach of trust and alleged money laundering, so the relevant authorities were asked for an inquiry. The indictment was presented by the Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation (IDAC) and the Civil Aviation Board (JAC), which assure that PAWA and García appropriated public resources, concealed them and then transferred them and administered them for their own benefit.

They explained that the IDAC should receive, according to the norm, the biweekly settlement of the rates and rights of the aeronautical activity collected by the air operators, but the airline PAWA Dominicana initiated a practice since March 2017 aimed at evading this obligation, which occurred until his Economic Authorization Certificate was suspended on January 26, 2018.

PAWA's debt to the Dominican authorities as of January 30, 2018 already amounted to USD 1,820,669.35 plus RD $ 72,742.50 (Dominican pesos). They would have reached a payment agreement, but once again the company of Simeón García evaded its responsibility and failed to comply with said cancellations.

The legal representative of IDAC and JAD, Julio Cury, reported that the respective complaint was delivered to the Attorney General's Office headed by Jean Alain Rodríguez, who in turn forwarded it to the Office of the Prosecutor of Santo Domingo, a judicial body that must establish the veracity of accusations and proceed accordingly if the facts are verified.

Meanwhile, the legal representation of PAWA, in the hands of lawyer Alberto Reyes, expressed his disagreement with the cessation of operations of the airline. The measure would have affected 18,724 passengers who purchased tickets from October 20, 2017 until January 25, 2018. In Venezuela, Santa Bárbara Airlines was suspended for 90 days for non-compliance with itinerary.

Likewise, Aserca was subject to suspension for matters related to its insurance policy.

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Simeón García accused of defrauding Cadivi and accused of money laundering in the Dominican Republic
Maibort Petit
Wednesday, 28 November, 2018

The owner of the airlines Aserca, Santa Bárbara Airlines, LTA and PAWA, Simeón García, allegedly structured a refined corruption scheme that would have allowed him to defraud millions of dollars through the exchange control system prevailing in Venezuela and at the same time, allegedly carrying activities in an irregular manner in the Dominican Republic where he faces charges for ceasing operations, tax fraud, money laundering, conspiracy for fraud and corruption.

Documents show the mechanism used by Garcia's companies to obtain preferential dollars in Venezuela through the National Commission for Foreign Exchange Administration, Cadivi.

According to the scheme denounced, invoices issued by the company Alpha Turbine Aviation Technology LLC - which would be related to García according to information supplied by our sources - whose concept was the repair services of Aserca's aircraft turbines, were presented.

The company Alpha Turbine Aviation Technology LLC [1], a company registered in the state of Florida, United States, under the number L04000037341 and FEI / EIN 26-1503729, on May 18, 2004, with active current status, which noted as home address 8050 NW 31 Street, Miami, FL 33122. The mailing address provided was 8081 NW 31 Street, Miami, FL 33122. The registrar was Ricardo E. Pines (3301 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 200, Coral Gables, FL 33134. The directors include Marlene Morillla and Ledys Rodríguez, both with the same address that was offered as postal address [2].

This company - Alpha Turbine - certified for that purpose, repaired the engines of the airplanes of the airlines owned by Simeón García grouped as Alianza or Grupo Condor.
These invoices presented the cost tables in which the amounts related to the prices of the supplied components can be seen in a column, which varied according to the requirements of the parties.

You can also see the cost of labor or service provided, as well as overhead costs.

In the invoices it is possible to verify the costs of the engines according to the work order number of the workshop (WO-Work Order), which reflect the real amount spent on components and at the same time the total invoiced amount can be observed.

The difference between the amount of the parties could be, in some cases, up to one third lower than the total invoiced amount, that is up to 250 percent above the value of the repaired parts.

For example, the work order (WO) No. 1103 presented that the repair had been made for USD 293,491.01 but with the additional costs the price was USD 776,731.01 which was the amount billed to the company, Aserca in this case, a company that later requested Cadivi these resources with what Simeón García supposedly managed to benefit from the high premiums.

Our sources say that in a year the difference could reach USD 5 million in overbilling.

The informants report that the calculations indicate that only Aserca, for the repair of turbines, in a period of eight years, could have accumulated in surcharges some USD 40 million, without this estimate including other concepts, such as repairs and miscellaneous parts in general, insurance of aircraft and other components.

Research in the Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, Simeón García and his companies -Aserca, Santa Brábara Airlines and PAWA- face inquiries for allegedly being involved in fiscal fraud, money laundering, conspiracy for fraud and corruption, according to a press release. Firstfruits 24 [3].

It was learned that about PAWA Dominicana and García there are allegations that they are accused of breach of trust and alleged money laundering, so the relevant authorities were asked for an inquiry into the matter. The indictment was presented by the Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation (IDAC) and the Civil Aviation Board (JAC), which assure that PAWA and García appropriated public resources, concealed them and then transferred them and administered them for their own benefit.

They explained that the IDAC should receive, according to the norm, the biweekly settlement of the rates and rights of the aeronautical activity collected by the air operators, but the airline PAWA Dominicana initiated a practice since March 2017 aimed at evading this obligation , which occurred until his Economic Authorization Certificate was suspended on January 26, 2018.

PAWA's debt to the Dominican authorities as of January 30, 2018 already amounted to USD 1,820,669.35 plus RD $ 72,742.50 (Dominican pesos). They would have reached a payment agreement, but once again the company of Simeón García evaded its responsibility and failed to comply with said cancellations.

The legal representative of IDAC and JAD, Julio Cury, reported that the respective complaint was delivered to the Attorney General's Office headed by Jean Alain Rodríguez, who in turn forwarded it to the Office of the Prosecutor of Santo Domingo, a judicial body that must establish the veracity of accusations and proceed accordingly if the facts are verified.

Meanwhile, the legal representation of PAWA, in the hands of lawyer Alberto Reyes, expressed his disagreement with the cessation of operations of the airline ruled. The measure would have affected 18,724 passengers who purchased tickets from October 20, 2017 until January 25, 2018. In Venezuela, Santa Bárbara Airlines was suspended for 90 days for non-compliance with itinerary.

Likewise, Aserca was subject to suspension for matters related to its insurance policy.

About Simeón García

Simeón Rafael García Rodríguez is the holder of Identity Card N ° 8,855,987 and is located in the San José parish, municipality of Valencia, Carabobo state [4].

His individual account in the Venezuelan Institute of Social Security, IVSS, indicates that he entered the system on November 2, 1992, his current status being dismissed after having graduated on October 31, 2018 from the company Aserca Airlines C.A. whose employer number is C13802292. Its contingency date is October 22, 2021. It accumulates 1331 quoted weeks and a total of quoted wages of Bs. 18,856.41.

He exercises his right to vote at the María Montesori Institute, San José parish, Valencia municipality, Carabobo state.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) reviews it with investments in tax havens with companies in which it appears as an official since 1986 and 1998, namely, three companies registered in Aruba: Air Aruba N.V., Assa Capital Services N.V. and Assaca Investments N.V. [6]

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Quotes

[1] Alpha Turbine Aviation Technology LLC. http://alphaturbine.com/

[2] Sunbiz. Division of Corporations. Alpha Turbine Aviation Technology LLC. http://search.sunbiz.org/Inquiry/Corpor ... 0000373411

[3] First fruits 24. "Simeón García owner of Aserca Airlines investigated for money laundering in the Dominican Republic". May 8, 2018

[4] Dateas. García Rodríguez, Simeón Rafael. https://www.dateas.com/es/persona_venez ... el-5813467

[5] IVSS. Individual account Simeón Rafael García Rodríguez. http://www.ivss.gob.ve:28083/CuentaIndi ... PortalCTRL

[6] International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). García Rodríguez, Simeón Rafael. https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/nodes/86012814



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miércoles, 28 de noviembre de 2018

Simeón García señalado por defraudar a Cadivi y acusado por lavado de dinero en República Dominicana
Por Maibort Petit
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El propietario de las aerolíneas Aserca, Santa Bárbara Airlines, LTA y PAWA, Simeón García, supuestamente habría estructurado un refinado esquema de corrupción que le habría permitido defraudar millones de dólares a través del sistema de control de cambio imperante en Venezuela y, al mismo tiempo, presuntamente llevar actividades de manera irregular en República Dominicana donde enfrenta cargos por cesar operaciones, fraude fiscal, lavado de activos, conspiración para fraude y corrupción.

Documentos muestran el mecanismo utilizado por las empresas de García para obtener dólares preferenciales en Venezuela a través de la Comisión Nacional de Administración de Divisas, Cadivi.

Según el esquema denunciado, se presentaban facturas emitidas por la empresa Alpha Turbine Aviation Technology LLC —la cual estaría relacionada con García de acuerdo a información suministrada por nuestras fuentes— cuyo concepto eran los servicios de reparación de las turbinas de las aeronaves de Aserca.

La empresa Alpha Turbine Aviation Technology LLC[1], una compañía registrada en el estado de la Florida, Estados Unidos, bajo el número L04000037341 y FEI/EIN 26-1503729, en fecha 18 de mayo de 2004, con estatus actual activo, que señaló como domicilio el 8050 NW 31 Street, Miami, FL 33122. La dirección postal suministrada fue el 8081 NW 31 Street, Miami, FL 33122. El agente registrador fue Ricardo E. Pines (3301 Ponce de León Blvd., Suite 200, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Como directivos figuran Marlene Morillla y Ledys Rodríguez, ambas con la misma dirección que se ofreció como dirección postal[2].

Esta empresa — Alpha Turbine— certificada para tal fin, reparaba los motores de los aviones de las aerolíneas propiedad de Simeón García agrupadas como Alianza o Grupo Condor.
Dichas facturas presentaban las tablas de costos en las que se pueden observar, en una columna los montos relativos a los precios de los componentes suministrados los cuales variaban de acuerdo a los requerimientos de las partes.

Se pueden ver, además, el costo de la mano de obra o servicio prestado, así como los gastos generales.


En las facturas es posible constatar los costos de los motores de acuerdo al número de orden de trabajo del taller (WO-Work Order), los cuales reflejan el monto real gastado en componentes y al mismo tiempo puede observarse el monto total facturado.
La diferencia entre el monto de las partes podía ser, en algunos casos, hasta un tercio menor del monto total facturado, es decir hasta un 250 por ciento por encima del valor de las partes reparadas.

Por ejemplo, la orden de trabajo (WO) N° 1103 presentaba que la reparación había sido realizada por USD 293.491,01 pero con los costos adicionales el precio se elevaba a USD 776.731,01 que era el monto facturado a la compañía, Aserca en este caso, empresa que, posteriormente solicitaba a Cadivi estos recursos con lo que Simeón García supuestamente lograba beneficiarse con los elevados sobreprecios.

Nuestras fuentes refieren que en un año la diferencia pudo alcanzar los USD 5 millones en sobrefacturación.


Los informantes refieren que los cálculos indican que solamente Aserca, por concepto de reparación de turbinas, en un periodo de ocho años, podría haber acumulado en sobreprecios unos USD 40 millones, sin que en esta estimación se incluya otros conceptos, tales como reparaciones varias y piezas en general, seguros de las aeronaves y otros componentes.

La investigación en República Dominicana

En República Dominicana, Simeón García y sus empresas —Aserca, Santa Brábara Airlines y PAWA— enfrentan averiguaciones por estar incurso, presuntamente, en operaciones de fraude fiscal, lavado de activos, conspiración para fraude y corrupción, según lo da a conocer una nota de Primicias 24[3].

Se conoció que sobre PAWA Dominicana y García hay denuncias que los señalan de abuso de confianza y presunto lavado de activos, por lo que se solicitó a las autoridades competentes una averiguación al respecto. La acusación fue presentada por el Instituto Dominicano de Aviación Civil (IDAC) y por la Junta de Aviación Civil (JAC), los cuales aseguran que PAWA y García se apropiaron de recursos públicos, los ocultaron y posteriormente los transfirieron y administraron en provecho propio.

Explicaron que el IDAC debe recibir, de acuerdo a lo dicta la norma, la liquidación quincenal de las tasas y derechos de la actividad aeronáutica recabados por los operadores aéreos, pero la aerolínea PAWA Dominicana inició una práctica desde marzo de 2017 dirigida a evadir esta obligación, lo cual ocurrió hasta que fue suspendido su Certificado de Autorización Económica el pasado 26 de enero de 2018.

La deuda de PAWA a las autoridades dominicanas al 30 de enero de 2018 ya se elevaba a USD 1.820.669,35 más RD$ 72.742.50 (pesos dominicanos). Habrían llegado a un acuerdo de pago, pero nuevamente la empresa de la Simeón García evadió su responsabilidad e incumplió con dichas cancelaciones.

El representante legal del IDAC y la JAD, Julio Cury, informó que fue entregada la denuncia respectiva ante la Procuraduría General encabezada por Jean Alain Rodríguez, quien a su vez la remitió a la Fiscalía de Santo Domingo, órgano judicial que deberá establecer la veracidad de las acusaciones y proceder en consecuencia en caso de comprobarse los hechos.

Entretanto, la representación legal de PAWA, en manos del abogado Alberto Reyes, manifestó su inconformidad con el cese de operaciones de la aerolínea dictaminado. La medida habría afectado a 18 mil 724 pasajeros que adquirieron boletos desde el 20 de octubre de 2017 hasta el 25 de enero de 2018. En Venezuela, Santa Bárbara Airlines fue suspendida por 90 días por incumplimiento de itinerario.

Igualmente, Aserca fue objeto de suspensión por asuntos relacionados a su póliza de seguro.

Sobre Simeón García

Simeón Rafael García Rodríguez es titular de la Cédula de Identidad N° 8.855.987 y se le ubica en la parroquia San José, municipio Valencia, estado Carabobo[4].

Su cuenta individual en el Instituto Venezolano de los Seguros Sociales, IVSS, indica que ingresó al sistema el 2 de noviembre de 1992, siendo su estatus actual cesante al haber egresado el 31 de octubre de 2018 de la empresa Aserca Airlines C.A. cuyo número patronal es C13802292. Su fecha de contingencia es el 22 de octubre de 2021. Acumula 1331 semanas cotizadas y un total de salarios cotizados de Bs. 18.856,41.

Ejerce su derecho al voto en el Instituto María Montesori, parroquia San José, municipio Valencia, estado Carabobo.

El Consorcio Internacional de Periodistas de Investigación (ICIJ) lo reseña con inversiones en paraísos fiscales con empresas en las que figura como oficial desde 1986 y 1998, a saber, tres compañías registradas en Aruba: Air Aruba N.V., Assa Capital Services N.V. y Assaca Investments N.V.[6]

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Citas

[1] Alpha Turbine Aviation Technology LLC. http://alphaturbine.com/

[2] Sunbiz. Division of Corporations. Alpha Turbine Aviation Technology LLC. http://search.sunbiz.org/Inquiry/Corpor ... 0000373411

[3] Primicias 24. “Simeón García dueño de Aserca Airlines investigado por lavado de activos en la República Dominicana”. 8 de mayo de 2018.

[4] Dateas. García Rodríguez, Simeón Rafael. https://www.dateas.com/es/persona_venez ... el-5813467

[5] IVSS. Cuenta individual. Simeón Rafael García Rodríguez. http://www.ivss.gob.ve:28083/CuentaIndi ... PortalCTRL

[6] Consorcio Internacional de Periodistas de Investigación (ICIJ).García Rodríguez, Simeón Rafael. https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/nodes/86012814

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