THE head of an animal welfare centre convicted of cruelty by killing hundreds of healthy cats and dogs, is to face new criminal charges.
Carmen Marin is accused of fraud and misusing public funds.
Tens of thousands of euros from the city of Torremolinos were designed to subsidise the costs of looking after the animals.
Instead they were used for stays in luxury hotels, two of them in Boston, USA, and St Petersburg, Russia, it is claimed.
Money was diverted from the Animal Park’s accounts to pay for driving lessons, gym membership and the installation of a private security system at her home.
Between 2008 and 2011 Marin spent more than €11,000 in restaurants.
Nearly €105,000 was allegedly spent not on the animal centre but on redecorating the business premises owned by a member of her family.
A Citroen car worth nearly €15,000 was bought by Marin for a family member using public funds.
The claims are contained in papers submitted to a judge by the city’s legal chiefs.
The judge is also to investigate whether family members may have committed crimes including fraud and money laundering.
Marin was convicted in December of involvement in the death of thousands of animals, so-called ‘extermination sessions,’ designed to free up more space and therefore attract more council funding.
The court heard she had also taken part in the deliberate misrepresentation of documents in relation to the numbers of animals incinerated.
Marin was sentenced to four years in jail but is free pending an appeal.