According to the Attorney General's Office note, the Catalan government, in recent years, would have ordered and paid a significant number of reports that seem to have no goal or interest, citing, as for example, a "survey into the socio-economy of a hazelnuts farm" ordered to the detective agency Metodo 3 for the modest sum of 30,000 euros.
According to the Attorney General's Office in charge of the investigation, they are before a case of embezzlement and money laundering.
The investigation of the Spanish authorities started after the denunciations of the "clean hands" collective and targets a case of embezzlement and money laundering, as confirmed by the office of the Attorney General.
Metodo 3: After Maddie now they are searching for nuts
It was the adviser for Agriculture, the Socialist Joaquim Llena, who has commissioned to Francisco Marco - the director of Metodo 3 - a "socio-economic survey of a hazelnuts farm", who has paid 30,000 euros.
According to a spokesman for the Attorney General's Office, "only the agency's name linked to a similar investigation, pushed the investigators to wonder about the real purpose aimed by the adviser's order [for the said survey]."
As stated by a source close to the investigation, the report made by Metodo 3 about the region of Tarragona, the region that mostly produces hazelnuts in Spain, was copied word by word from the internet. An information also confirmed by "El Confidencial" which states that Metodo 3 has copied word by word a report published earlier by the official newspaper of the region on its website.
Metodo 3, in Spain, has already been linked to other scandals connected to the political and the financial world, and, recently, was equally put in question by their work in investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, where one of the close associates of Francisco Marco, Antonio Jimenez, who was accused of having driven several British journalists to meet previously paid witnesses, who would then declare to have seen the small British girl [Maddie] in Morocco. The Metodo 3 coadjutant, responsible for investigating Maddie was, thereafter, arrested in a case of theft and cocaine trafficking.
According to sources connected to Metodo 3, several detectives working for the agency, have questioned the capacity of Francisco Marco in the Madeleine McCann investigation, accusing him of destroying the credibility of the agency, especially after he put to practice a disastrous mass communication strategy.
According to the Attorney General's Office, the misappropriation of funds and money laundering can concern "colossal" sums of public money.
Source: SOS Maddie
Note: The Generalitat de Catalunya ("Government of Catalonia") is the institution under which the Spanish Autonomous Community of Catalonia is politically organised. It consists of the Parliament, the President of the Generalitat and the Executive Council or Government of Catalonia.