COVER UP OF THE ROBBERY AND FRAUD
The errors allegedly committed by the Royal family when carrying out the robbery and fraud allowed the operation to be discovered. An intense traffic of influences then came about, directed towards covering up the crimes, which was apparently a leap in the dark by the Royal family.
The Royal family's first alleged mistake was to forget to pay the symbolic heir's inheritance tax, making it obvious that it had not received the inheritance. To show that Teresa Mariategui was a simple figurehead for the Royal household, the Duke of Hernani's family made a formal Public Complaint for failure to pay taxes, and indeed, the Madrid Tax Department received orders to stop Public Complaint 40/86 so that the Royal family's alleged swindle would not come to light. In 1993, the Tax Representative were said to have tried to wriggle out of the affair by falsifying the value of the pictures in officially valuing the collection at 25 million pesetas.
An appeal was lodged against such decision, and at present, the proceedings of Public Complaint 40/86 have been added to the Initial Proceedings no. 6049-95 in the Court of First Instance no. 46. The Tax Agency and Sotheby's now claim to have lost the documents.
The Royal family's second alleged mistake was to steal the title deeds from the Duke of Hernani's home, without realising that these were copies of other original documents to be found in the archives of the Spanish Historical Heritage. When comparing the documentation of the Historical Heritage Institute with that produced to sell the pictures stolen and sold abroad via figureheads, it was immediately detected as false. To solve this problem the Royal family, once again allegedly resorted to the abuse of power, by making files 518 and 110 of the Duke of Hernani collection disappear from the Institute.
And not only this, but in order to leave no trail as to the true ownership of the pictures, a falsification of the General Inventory of the Prado Museum was begun. In spite of everything, the alleged cover-up proved to be futile because the Duke of Hernani's family managed to reconstruct the stolen files by means of duplicates existing in the Institute, and which, by mistake, had not been made to disappear.