The Hearing acquits the treasurer of the board of directors, Sancho Bandrés of the crime of sports corruption and condemns him for misappropriation and falsehood by imposing on him:– A sentence of three years and six months in prison and a fine of nine months with a daily fee of forty euros for a continued crime of misappropriation.– A sentence of two years in prison and a nine-month fine with a daily fee of forty euros for a crime of falsehood in a commercial document in ideal competition with a crime of accounting falsehood.The prison sentence is 5 years and 6 months.To the real estate agents Cristina Valencia and Albert Nolla each of them is sentenced to nine months in prison and a six-month fine with a daily fee of thirty euros for a crime of falsification in a commercial document.Lastly, the two former Real Betis players, Antonio Amaya and Xabier Torres, are condemned for a crime of sports corruption, each sentenced to one year in prison and two years of disqualification from the activity of professional soccer and nine hundred thousand euros fine.The sentence also imposes on the convicted the obligation to indemnify Club Atlético Osasuna in the amount of 2,340,000 euros amount to which the irregular outflow of funds amounts during the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 seasons of the club, to which is added in the case of Messrs. Archanco and Peralta an amount of 1,000 euros and 2,600.80 euros respectively for the improperly received per diems and 600,000 euros in the case of Mr. Vizcay for a loan with an unknown destination returned from the club’s accounts. Likewise, Mr. Vizcay must indemnify Mr. Archanco in the amount of 5,000 euros for the moral damage derived from the falsification of his signature.The three magistrates of the Second Section of the Provincial Court impose greater penalties on the then manager of the club Ángel María Vizcay, by including in his sentence for the continued crime of misappropriation the loan of 600,000 that he obtained from an individual. They also consider him solely responsible for the crime of falsehood committed in the 2013/2014 season with the preparation of the false contract with the Portuguese entity Flefield and the creation of three simulated invoices to balance the mismatch of the aforementioned season. The sentence also proves that the manager Mr. Vizcay falsified said contract, stating in it a signature that appeared to be that of the former president Mr. Archanco.However, they conclude that it is appropriate to benefit Mr. Vizcay with respect to the crime of sports corruption, applying the analog mitigating confession in this sentence. The three magistrates consider that the statement made by the then manager of the club before the Professional Football League and maintained in the act of trial has been decisive in order to investigate the facts and support the conviction for this crime. Based on this, they reduce their sentence for this crime to the aforementioned of five months in prison and eleven months of disqualification.The penalty imposed on the former president of the Board of Directors, Miguel. A. Archanco and former director Jesús Peralta for the continued crime of misappropriation includes the improper perception of diets by both.It is the first sentence issued in Spain that condemns the crime of sports corruption. The Audience understands that It has been proven that the convicts, members at that time of the Board of Directors, agreed to give priority to the former Real Betis players, Srs. Amaya and Torres in order to alter the results of the sports competition, paying a total of 650,000 euros to encourage their victory against Real Valladolid on matchday 37 of the 2013/2014 season to win the match against Osasuna on matchday 38. The Second Section of the Provincial Court of Navarra has notified the ruling of the so-called “Osasuna Case”. The first conviction for the crime of sports corruption in Spain sentencing 9 of the eleven accused to between 8 years and 8 months and one year in prison of the Os Osasuna case ’. The most serious sentence is that imposed on former manager Ángel Vizcay, on whom he imposes a total of 8 years and 8 months in prison. The court acquits Diego Maquirriain, former manager of the Osasuna Foundation, and footballer Jordi Figueras. The sentence, which can be appealed to the Supreme Court and which has been handed down in less than two months since the trial ended, unanimously condemns Ángel María Vizcay, Miguel Archanco, Juan Antonio Pascual, Jesús Peralta, Sancho Bandrés, Cristina Valencia, Albert Nolla, Antonio Amaya and Xabier Torres and acquits Diego Antonio Maquirriain and Jordi Figueras.The penalties imposed for crimes of misappropriation, falsehood in a commercial document, accounting falsehood and sports corruption range from the total of 8 years to 8 months in prison imposed on Ángel M. Vizcay Ventura and that of one year in prison to which the two footballers, Antonio Amaya and Xabier Torres, are sentenced for the crime of sports corruptionto.The most serious sentence is that imposed on former manager Ángel Vizcay whom the Second Section of the Provincial Court condemns:– For a continuous crime of misappropriation to 4 years and three months in prison and 12 months of fine with a daily fee of forty euros.– For two crimes of falsehood in a commercial document in ideal competition with a crime of false accounting to the penalties of 2 years in prison and 9 months of fine with a daily fee of forty euros for each of them.– To a prison term of 5 months, in addition to eleven months of special disqualification to practice as manager or similar in a sports association and a fine of three hundred twenty-five thousand euros for a crime of sports corruption.The sentence totals 8 years and 8 months in prison.The sentence condemns former President Miguel Archanco Taberna and former director Jesús Peralta Gracia:– A sentence of three years and eight months in prison and a nine-month fine with a daily fee of forty euros for a continued crime of misappropriation.– A sentence of two years in prison and a nine-month fine with a daily fee of forty euros for a crime of falsehood in a commercial document in ideal competition with a crime of accounting falsehood.– A penalty of one year in prison and two years of disqualification from exercising managerial or similar position in any sports association and a fine of nine hundred thousand euros for a crime of sports corruption.Total penalties with 6 years and 8 months.The then vice president of the board of directors, Juan Antonio Pascual Leache is imposed:– A sentence of three years and six months in prison and a fine of nine months with a daily fee of thirty euros for a continued crime of misappropriation.– A sentence of two years in prison and a nine-month fine with a daily fee of thirty euros for a crime of falsehood in a commercial document in ideal competition with a crime of accounting falsehood.– A penalty of one year in prison, two years of disqualification from exercising managerial or similar position in any sports association, in addition to a fine of nine hundred thousand euros for a crime of sports corruption.The total sentence is 6 years and 6 months.
Chairman – Barry Mayo TravelManagersTravelManagers assure and protect client fundsWith various claims and assurances from travel companies of how client funds are protected, it is of little wonder consumers are confused as to exactly what extent they are covered.TravelManagers has taken the opportunity to highlight through complete transparency to clearly articulate to its clients the extent it has taken to protect client funds to limit ambiguity and provide ultimate peace of mind.TravelManagers is proud to have collaborated with insurance broker Gow-Gates in the development of Travel Agent Client Trust Account Fidelity Insurance (TACTAFI), an innovative business insurance product specifically designed to protect client funds while in the hands of TravelManagers or other TACTAFI insured travel intermediaries.“This insurance protects our client funds in the unlikely event that they are missing from, or not paid into the Insured Client Trust Account because of fraudulent or dishonest activity. To our knowledge, we are the only travel intermediary in the world to publish details of our Client Trust Account audit reports on its consumer website, that’s the value we place on providing assurances and transparency for our clients regarding the safety of their funds,” says TravelManagers’ Chairman, Barry Mayo.Mayo is quick to point out that transparency for clients is key.“Should there be a travel agency or tour wholesaler collapse resulting in media coverage, there is the risk that consumer confidence in working through travel intermediaries such as our personal travel managers (PTMs) could diminish. The benefit to offering a clear solution for clients makes it easy for our PTMs to clearly articulate for clients the process around how their funds are protected whilst in TravelManagers’ hands. It’s a clear and consistent message and PTMs love how we have made it so easy for them to provide a practical solution for clients that works.”PTMs are able to clearly demonstrate to their clients that TravelManagers has taken three complimentary actions to ensure the PTMs’ client funds are secure as summarized below:1. Client funds collected by PTMs are secure and separate from general trading accounts and TACTAFI protects the PTM’s client funds while in the care of TravelManagers and prior to payment to the relevant travel service providers“TravelManagers views each of our personal travel managers as a business partner and whilst our personal travel managers each have their own individual clients, all client payments are directly deposited into a central audited client trust account with ANZ Banking Corporation and are held in trust until payment is made directly to each travel service provider. The operations of a central client account ensure that client funds are only used for payment of each client’s travel service provider.”2. By taking out TACTAFI insurance TravelManagers’ guarantees the PTMs good name and individual client relationships in the unlikely event monies are missing from, or not paid into the Insured Trust Account because of fraudulent or dishonest activity.“TravelManagers TACTAFI insurance is underwritten by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company who is AA- rated and the largest in their field with $121.7 billion in consolidated assets.”3. To minimise the possibility of fraudulent or dishonest activity TravelManagers has engaged an accredited chartered accounting firm CIB Accountants to independently audit and review TravelManagers Client Trust account.“TravelManagers publish copies of these ‘Independent Audit Reports’ every three months on our website and to further provide transparency we also include the telephone number of our insurance broker Gow-Gates so that a client can contact them to ensure the company’s TACTAFI policy is in place, being maintained and current on the TravelManagers website.”The impetus for TravelManagers to initiate collaboration with one of Australia’s largest privately-owned insurance broking companies, Gow-Gates to create the TACTAFI product offering in 2014 was in response to the removal of client fund protection with the dismantling of the Travel Compensation Fund (TCF). In the last few years Mayo is “heartened to see that a limited number of other travel agencies has also adopted TACTAFI appreciating the benefits it offers consumers.”Mayo does caution however, “it is important to truly understand and question what fund protection insurance is being offered to clients and how it all works, as not all insurance products or claims by travel companies are necessarily equal.”Full information on TravelManagers consumer protection policies can be viewed here: https://www.travelmanagers.com.au/peace-of-mind/For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.Source = TravelManagers