Alfredo Cornejo’s decision in the face of irregularities in the Enlazados program

Alfredo Cornejo’s decision in the face of irregularities in the Enlazados program
Alfredo Cornejo’s decision in the face of irregularities in the Enlazados program

The governor Alfredo Cornejo instructed the Government advisor, Ricardo Canet, to appear as a plaintiff on behalf of the Province in the judicial case that investigates the irregularities detected in the employment program Linked.

“Instruct the Government Advisor to become a plaintiff and civil actor in the criminal proceedings originated, (File 52223/2024, Investigative Prosecutor’s Office No. 39 of the Economic Crimes Fiscal Unit), as well as to initiate any other action that he deems appropriate, on behalf of the Province of Mendoza”highlights article 1 of decree 967 of the Ministry of Production, which bears the signature of Cornejo and the head of the portfolio, Rodolfo Vargas Arizu.

In the recitals of the standard published this Monday in the Official Gazette, it is highlighted that “The seriousness of the events detected motivated the Legal Affairs Directorate of the Ministry of Production to present the corresponding complaint…, pending before the Investigative Prosecutor’s Office No. 39 of the Economic Crimes Fiscal Unit, Public Ministry of the Province of Mendoza” .

The scandal exploded when an audit of the Ministry of Production revealed that a former administrative employee had irregularly incorporated 31 people into the program. The fraud is calculated in 26 million pesos.

It was later found that at least A dozen companies had presented apocryphal certificates to continue receiving the benefits. In some of these cases, the Justice has already determined that there was no harm to the State.

The program Linked It works as a bridge between job seekers and companies. Specifically, the Government pays, for a set period of time, a monthly amount equivalent to 100% of the minimum vital and mobile wage for each worker incorporated, for a full-time working day.

The fraud

According to the complaint of the Ministry of Production, The former administrative technician fraudulently entered 31 beneficiaries into the system, who were linked through their bank accounts (CBU) for irregularly accessing the subsidy. The suspect operated under two modalities:

  • Assigned indistinctly and randomlythese people to various companies that participate in the program.
  • I discharged one apocryphal company and linked the same people so that they can access the Enlazados Program subsidy.

The modus operandi of the administration consisted of upload and delete fraudulent beneficiary data every month, in the days prior to the process of generating subsidy payment orders. Thus he managed to circumvent internal controls for a time. The irregularity was detected at the end of April, through periodic internal controls carried out based on information and program processes. Linked.

In the provincial government they try to minimize the scandal and emphasize that the issue came to light thanks to the complaints presented by the portfolio headed by Vargas Arizu before the Economic Crimes Prosecutor’s Office.

“What happened with Enlazados was the result of a series of internal audits that are carried out on an ongoing basis. Although they were done previously, we have given it more impetus recently. “This is how we detected some deviations and we have reported them”the minister explained last week.

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