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Horacio Massaccesi is an Argentine politician and former Governor of Rio Negro Province.
Massaccesi was born in 1948 to an Italian Argentine family in Villa Regina, then a largely agricultural town on the banks of the Rio Negro ("Black River") in Argentina's region of patagonia. He joined the centrist Radical Civic Union (UCR) while in law school, in 1974 and, on Argentina's return to democracy in 1983, Massaccesi was elected to the Provincial Legislature. Governor Osvaldo Alvarez Guerrero named Massaccesi Minister of Government (similar to a Chief of Staff) in 1984, a recognition which led to his election to the Argentine Chamber of Deputies (Lower House of Congress) in 1985.
The former Governor was convicted of embezzlement of public funds by a federal court in General Roca on May 6, 2005, for his seizure of the central bank funds in 1991, and given a supended jail sentence, as well as being barred from public office. Massaccesi appealed the decision on the grounds that the ruling implied that the funds were absconded with for personal gain, when they were used in their entirety to pay public salaries (the courts have thus far denied him an appeal). Pagina/12
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