Natalia Mercado is the prosecutor in El Calafate who, together with Judge Carlos Narvarte, investigates the murder of Fabián Gutiérrez, former secretary of Néstor and Cristina Kirchner. The representative of the Prosecutor’s Office is the daughter of Governor Alicia Kirchner and niece of the Vice President.
With less public exposure, Natalia was Mercado unaware of money laundering investigations who falls on his family. Her sister Romina Mercado is prosecuted together with her cousins Máximo and Florencia in the Hotesur case (the hotel company that owns Alto Calafate).
But when the first raid ordered by Judge Claudio Bonadio took place at the Alto Calafate hotel, they were received by the former president̵
Romina Mercado with her sister Natalia, Florencia Kirchner, Máximo and Rocío García – Photo: OPI Santa Cruz / Francisco Muñoz
His participation was withdrawn by the opposition when he served Prosecutors in the city where four of the tourist complexes are under legal investigation. In that case, they were accused of having laundered $ 80 million between 2009 and 2015 and the case was rescinded for oral trial.
In connection with this company also appeared Patricio Ricardo Pereyra Arandia, who was a board member of Hotesur until the end of 2014, and the wife of the prosecutor Mercado. For his participation in corporate formation, he was processed and sent to oral trial with the rest of the accused, accused of laundering.
Without brushing against her in direct action, her cousins, her sister Romina and the former president of money laundering in the Los Sauces SA case, are also prosecuted, the Kirchner family real estate firm whose principal tenants were Lázaro Báez and Cristóbal López. In this case, Inversora also seized M&S from Grupo Indalo, where Romina Mercado worked.
Harvesting a low profile, lawyer daughter of Alicia Kirchner and Armando Mercado, always served as prosecutor in the tourist city. He went to Santa Cruz court before he was 35 and mostly with the same charge. Because of the place where he practiced, he soon had to investigate his own family, although he had to apologize for that fact.
Therefore, he had greater exposure to his work as a prosecutor when he was required to investigate his uncles, Néstor and Cristina Kirchner for the acquisition of 200,000 square meters of tax land in El Calafate. The boutique hotel Los Sauces Casa Patagónica was built on that surface. The former calm with these countries was what lay beneath the magnifying glass.
This was the case with the municipality’s sales of tax areas to 7.5 pesos per square meter, a company utilized by Kirchner’s, Lázaro Báez and a comprehensive list of former officials. This purchase, which some called “compulsory” after 2003, led mainly to a legal complaint for alleged influence peddling, violation of the duties of a public official and aggravated fraud against the state, where former Mayor Néstor Méndez was targeted. That list included Romina Mercado.
Despite being challenged, the provincial court approved that Prosecutor Mercado investigate her uncles and sister. Then he was responsible for the investigation that had his family in the main focus.