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An 855m-euro fraud, and nobody’s guilty!

AN investigation into the ERE scandal, Spain’s biggest public-money fraud in history, is now into its fifth year. But the authorities have yet to prosecute a single person, or even recover any funds!

Judges have heard how a staggering 855 million euros from the EU was siphoned away, illegally, to a string of individuals and companies during 2000 and 2010.

The money, intended for retired workers and struggling companies, was taken by thousands of politicians, businessmen and town-hall workers.

So far 275, people have been quizzed during the extensive probe, which has had five judges, on different occasions, presiding over the case.

Those questioned include senior, political figures, including former Junta Presidents Manuel Chaves (pictured) and Jose Antonio Grinan, who were called to give evidence before the investigating judges.

But the investigation has been handicapped by political in-fighting, personal feuds and the deaths of some of those accused.

Chaves claimed to have no idea that his Employment Ministry was syphoning tens of millions fraudulently every year for a decade. And Grinan, his successor, in 2009, also claimed to know nothing about the fraud.

However, he did admit that there was a failure to bring in controls, saying: “There was no grand plan, but there was great fraud.”

 

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