Singer involved in money laundering case was short on cash

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Isabel Pantoja


SPANISH singer Isabel Pantoja had debt problems before meeting former boyfriend and Marbella Mayor Julian Muñoz. Her economic situation got worse as she then bought two more properties, a ‘Malaya’ money laundering case investigator said. 

In fact, an employee of the bank that issued the mortgage of one of these properties in Marbella’s La Pera urbanisation – which Pantoja named as ‘My gipsy’ (‘Mi gitana’) – declared in court that she had not paid for two years, specifically since January 2007.

Both Isabel Pantoja and Julian Muñoz, as well as seven other people including Muñoz’s ex-wife Maite Zaldivar, are involved in the Malaya case.

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In a court appearance, the money laundering police specialist said it was Maite Zaldivar’s brother the one who gave the instructions for evading €890,000 to Swiss accounts.

The story of the Malaya case was depicted in a fiction series for the Spanish television, dedicated to the life of Isabel Pantoja. In a recent parallel sentence, television producers RTVE have been fined €18,000 for implying in the series that a Marbella town hall worker had leaked information to the defendants.


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