Justice can be unfair. It is what Andrea Lupetti felt more than once. In February 2018, she was sentenced to pay 600,000 pesos to the defense of her former partner, Alejandro Fisscher, after losing a lawsuit over a food claim. After some bad experiences with her own advisers, the woman understood that she had to study law to assert her rights. No one better than her to defend herself from the man who for 16 years had avoided taking care of her son’s support. She knew much of her secrets: like the fortune she hid through a network of figureheads. So it was that a few days ago, and once received, Fisscher was sentenced to 2 and a half years in prison on hold for the crime of fraudulent food insolvency: he must do community work and attend workshops on healthy parenting and gender violence, in addition of the impossibility of approaching the victim to less than 500 meters.
Weather released in 2018 the scandalous ruling of Judge Martha Gómez Alsina, of the Civil Family Court 76 of the City of Buenos Aires, who considered that the claim that Andrea had started about four years earlier, was “outside the established deadlines” . At that time, the victim had told this medium: “He is very powerful, that is why all this happens to me. He must have had 150 properties and 320 lots in the Country El Paraíso de Guernica, although nothing is in his name”.
Andrea, who already had two children from a previous marriage, had begun a relationship with Fisscher at the age of 27, when she was his secretary and had not yet finished high school. Shortly after she became pregnant, but he had other plans and another family. “I separated from Alejandro in 2001. I hired a couple of lawyers because he wasn’t in charge, but for different reasons he never got results. In 2003 I started studying Law with the idea of being my own lawyer, that was the reason”, he tells Weather and lists the difficulties that arose: «I had three children to take care of, my mother got sick and in 2005 I had to leave. In 2015 she dies and I promised her that she would continue studying”.
In 2014, Andrea and Fisscher were facing a new trial. “But everything was very difficult because of the economic wealth that he had and the level of corruption. There was no way to bring him to trial or for justice to listen.” She decided, in 2015 she resumed her studies and after having attended different universities such as UADE, Siglo 21 and Kennedy University, she finally graduated as a lawyer.
“Studying took me many years, it was expensive and complicated. Besides, I had to manage the moods and the harrowing falls that I had. The feeling that he couldn’t. Each legal setback was like going underground”, explains Andrea. And she sums it up: “The funny thing was that he went underground so many times that he later came up with a terrible kick. That helped me to be able to continue, and the quarantine helped a lot because I was inside and I didn’t do much more than study.
In between, “making courts”, Andrea met another criminal lawyer, Carlos Rossi, who “without any interest trained me, taught me, told me the books I had to read, guided me. He accompanied me in the trial that although he let me carry it out, I felt super supported ”. In the same way, the woman highlights the actions of the prosecutor Martín Perel and the members of the Judicial Investigation Corps of the Public Prosecutor’s Office.
“All this was achieved because in the trial he marked everything he knew: where the money was, the houses, the land, how he dealt with ARBA; the fraud to the Province of Buenos Aires. The country El Paraíso is a tax haven managed by people who know, accountants, notaries, doctors. Between them they are fixing the internal world of that country. There are mansions declared as vacant land, without deeds, which are acquired through public limited companies or purchase tickets that are never deeded,” Andrea denounces, adding that the man also “had businesses and houses in the name of another of his daughters or shell companies, to evade their responsibilities”.
The trial lasted four days, which lasted from March 30 to April 19, during which 12 witnesses paraded. Judge Cristina Lara, head of the Criminal, Misdemeanor and Misdemeanor Court No. 21, established that evasive maneuvers to hide assets and income are “like one of the forms that gender violence takes: economic violence.”
Years ago, Andrea denounced that in the Civil Court the file with her case had disappeared. Surprisingly, two other women who had had the same problem contacted her later: “Thanks to the notes they made me, a 36-year-old girl who was carrying out a filiation lawsuit against Fisscher and another woman whose minor daughter, also from Fisscher, was looking for him to fulfill his obligations. These two causes had also disappeared. What a coincidence…” Andrea slides. She now has one more step left, but she is confident: that Fisscher’s appeal against his conviction will not prosper.