Court confirms nine month ban from public office and €2,700 fine for falsifying documents
Archive photo of Mónica Lorente at the Orihuela Courthouse
The Alicante Provincial Courthouse has ratified the punishment of nine months’ suspension from public office and a fine of €2,700 for falsifying documents against the ex mayoress of Orihuela, Mónica Lorente, over what is known as the Escorratel case.
The ruling confirms the sentence of Orihuela Criminal Court Nº3, which in December last year condemned the ex Partido Popular ruler and a councillor for the same party, Antonio Rodríguez Murcia for having adjudicated work to improve the plaza by El Escorratel social centre to a company without having concluded the required administrative procedure.
The work, budgeted at €34,380, was carried out by the company Ronis2 Construcciones y Reformas and inaugurated by the mayoress on July 4th 2008, before it had been legally adjudicated. The contract was not drawn up until July 26th that same year “to make the work appear to have been carried out legally”, according to the sentence from 2015.
Both Lorente and Murcia appealed against the verdict to the Provincial Courthouse, which ended up confirming the guilty verdict and the sentence, criticising in its ruling “the lack of diligence” shown a public official when signing a contract when the plaza had already been inaugurated.