Monday, February 19

European Prosecutor Seizes 170,000 Euros From Italian Mep

The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) has seized more than €170,000 from Italian MEP Stefania Zambrelli and four associates. The seizure is part of an investigation into possible fraud with parliamentary fees.

The investigation, led by the European Public Prosecutor’s Office and carried out by the Italian financial police (Guardia di Finanza), looks into possible fraud involving the remuneration of four parliamentary assistants recruited in Italy. This fraud would harm the European budget.

According to the evidence, the four employees involved did not carry out or only partially carried out the activities for which they were hired and tampered with the documents they were required to submit to the European Parliament.

It is also suspected that the Italian MP concerned, who is closely associated with one of the four hired persons, may have personally benefited from the amounts paid by the European Parliament for the work of the four staff.

The damage to the European budget is estimated at EUR 172,148.82.

The seizure was carried out last Thursday (February 23) by the Italian police. These would include bank accounts and luxury cars.

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