Press review
14 June 2024

Press review – Week of 10 June 2024

This week, the press review covers three people being charged for fraud in the Hauts-de-Seine, the dismantling of an undeclared work network in Marseille and the five people charged in Ajaccio for corruption, influence peddling and extortion.

 

#White collar crime:

Haut-de-Seine: three persons charged for a 4 million euros fraud

Three persons were charged and imprisoned on 5 June 2024 for money-laundering and organized fraud. They are suspected of having created websites offering furniture items at knockdown prices for which over 20.000 orders were made and not honored, for a prejudice over 4 million euros. The investigation was opened on 22 March 2024 jointly by the Anti-Cybercrime Office and the Central Office for the Suppression of Serious Financial Crime. Over 200.000 euros of assets were also seized, including several luxury items. > Read article

8 million euros undeclared: a vast network of undeclared work in the private security sector is dismantled in Marseille

Several persons were referred to the criminal court for undeclared work in an organized group, use of undeclared work in an organized group and money laundering in an organized group in relation to several private security companies in Marseille. In 2022, the Marseille Public Prosecutor’s Office opened a preliminary investigation. Over three years, the companies received contracts that worth more than 8 million euros from a single person. The people receiving the money were not declared either to the employer or to the authorities. The searches led to the seizure of numerous documents, a luxury car and bank assets, as well as hundreds of thousands of euros from several employee savings plan and life insurance. > Read article

 

#Anti-Bribery and Corruption:

Ajaccio: Five people linked to the municipality charged for “corruption”, “influence peddling” and “extortion”

On 6 and 7 June 2024, Antoine Maestrali, the head of the Ajaccio mayor’s office, and Stéphane Vannucci, the deputy sports director, were charged by the specialized inter-regional court in Marseille. They are suspected of passive corruption and passive influence peddling in relation with the conditions of the grant of a butcher’s stand in the Ajaccio market. Three other men are also being charged in the same case for organized extortion : Michel Amhan, Khalid Azhour and Johann Carta. > Read article

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