David Rath faces new allegations of shady conduct
Former Central Bohemian governor David Rath, currently remanded in prison on charges of corruption, faced new revelations on Thursday related to alleged misconduct. According to a report published by Hospodářské Noviny, Rath used public funds in his region to pay external advisers a total of 5.63 million crowns. Three advisers on the list are reportedly also reportedly involved in an alleged scheme to defraud hospitals via manipulated contracts for equipment – Rath is one of the accused in this case. According to the report, the three figures are Patrik Tomšů, spokesperson for Central Bohemia’s hospitals – paid 1.35 million and lawyers Jan Mach and Aleš Buriánek – paid around 1.3 million each and both also serving on the boards of several local hospitals. Mr. Rath, who was arrested in May on suspicion of taking bribes related to fraudulent activities, has denied any wrongdoing.