Police accused mayors over unjustified grants

The police have accused 27 people, including 25 former and current mayors of municipalities in the northern Ústí region, for having taken out government grants to repair damages that never occurred, a spokesman for the anti-corruption unit of the police said on Friday. The mayors applied for grants to the Ministry of Regional Development in 2009 and 2010 to reconstruct public property damaged by torrential rain and other natural causes. The police however discovered that no such damaged occurred. The former and current mayors are accused of embezzling some 125 million crowns, and face up to 12 years in prison.

Author: Jan Richter