Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The member of parliament for Haute-Corse Paul Giacobbi sentenced to three years in prison – The Figaro

The chosen one has been found guilty of misappropriation of public funds. Almost 500,000 euros had been distributed in false grants for the construction of cottages.

The penalty is rare. The deputy of Corsica, Paul Giacobbi, has been sentenced on Wednesday to three years in prison, five years of ineligibility and a 100,000 euros fine. While the elected various the left was the chair of the general council of Haute-Corse, between 2007 and 2010, 480.000 euros in subsidies doubtful have been distributed by the department, for the benefit of the relatives of the mp.

The case erupted in 2011. The cell anti-money laundering of the ministry of Economy and Finance, Tracfin, which investigates the assassination of Dominique Domarchi, who was close to Paul Giacobbi. She discovers that the son of the victim receives money from the suspects on his account, including an agency of a program of aid for the creation of cottages.

Except that a portion of this money is not used as it should. It is actually to work on the private buildings that have nothing of cottages. The investigators realize that the recipients of the aid are part of a circle of the elect, and knowledge revolving around Paul Giaccobi. The grant, up to a maximum amount of 15,000 euros per bed, has been paid exclusively on the electoral district of Haute-Corse, where he was elected as Paul Giacobbi, while no help was assigned on the first district, however, well equipped in rural areas. What made say to the prosecutor during the hearing that Paul Giaccobi has “been the great organizer of a system of which he was the first recipient to be used for political purposes”.

In total, 24 people had been put in examination in the context of the statement. In addition to Paul Giaccobi, the ex-director general of the department, Thierry Gamba-Martini, was sentenced to 2 years in prison. The prefectural counsellor Paul-Marie Mancini has been sentenced to three years in prison, including two suspended, and five years of ineligibility. Another adviser, Jacques Costa, has been acquitted. The other twenty people involved, departmental officials and beneficiaries of the misappropriated funds, were sentenced to terms of imprisonment ranging from four months to three years of suspended imprisonment and fines of 800 to 10,000 euros.

“This is a political assassination. I intend to appeal immediately,” responded Jean-Louis Seatelli, lawyer Paul Giacobbi. The mp, who was absent during the deliberation, has always denied having any responsibility in this matter.


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