EPPO’s Paris office investigates French former MEP and assistant on suspicion of fictitious employment
European Public Prosecutor's Office
Since July 2021, the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) has been running a preliminary investigation into a case of misappropriation of public funds, including aiding and concealment. These acts are thought to have been committed in 2018 and 2019, and relate to the suspected fictitious employment of a European Parliamentary Assistant.
The Bordeaux Public Prosecutor’s Office reported these facts to the EPPO in July 2021, based on an alert by the French anti-corruption association Anticor. This report concerned Mr Jacques COLOMBIER, Member of the European Parliament at the time of the facts, and Ms Edwige DIAZ, who was employed by him on a position of local parliamentary assistant at the time.
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