AN Alfaz resident and his wife are under investigation for allegedly forging documents enabling them to sell a €30 million property.
The luxury villa perched on a cliff at the end of the Albir seafront in the Sierra Helada National Park, has a partial demolition order hanging over it.
Guardia Civil investigators believe that the 64-year-old man and his wife, 35, manipulated a document from Alfaz Town Hall which they used to obtain a notarised statement certifying that the demolition order had been lifted.
The property, which has its own steps to the beach below, was built in the sixties, long before the Sierra Helada was declared a protected national park.
In 2007 Alfaz’s Town Hall refused planning permission for a 50-square metre annexe. The owners went ahead and built the extension although the Supreme Court ruled in January 2015 that it was impossible to legalise the property and ordered its demolition.
The man, of Spanish origin, and his Spanish wife are also accused of divesting themselves of their properties and withdrawing capital to prevent Spain’s tax authorities and Social Security from freezing their assets to settle €300,000 debts.
The Guardia Civil found that the couple were using a front company to protect their assets and that its Bulgarian administrator was in fact their gardener.