Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Love mails expose alleged US fund fraud

The US embassy is investigating allegations an employee defrauded a grant fund of Sk 400,000 ($8,000).
The allegations were made after the female employee's husband discovered over 200 e-mails between her and the chief executive of Softip, a leading Slovak information systems company.
The e-mails allegedly outline an affair between Monika A. and Daniel Dobrota, who is married with four children.

The US embassy is investigating allegations an employee defrauded a grant fund of Sk 400,000 ($8,000).

The allegations were made after the female employee's husband discovered over 200 e-mails between her and the chief executive of Softip, a leading Slovak information systems company.

The e-mails allegedly outline an affair between Monika A. and Daniel Dobrota, who is married with four children.

In a May 25 interview for Sme daily Dobrota denied he was a practicing Scientologist. But according to Monika's husband, Francisco A., Dobrata admitted in the e-mails that he was a practising Scientologist and that proof of his wife's misuse of US funds could be found on a recorded confessional "audit" she made at a Scientology Church.

Jirí Voráček, Czech and Slovak Republics Scientology Church representative, said the audit would never be made public as it was a secret confession similar to medical records. He said the affair was "a part of planned campaign" against the Scientology Church.

After discovering the emails Francesco A., who is an Italian national, turned them over to the Institute for Church and State which is studying the correspondence.

The US embassy has confirmed it is conducting an internal investigation into the alleged misuse of grant money, but it declined to make any further comment.

A spokesman for the embassy said: "Because the investigation is ongoing and because of U.S. government regulations regarding the confidentiality of personnel actions the Embassy cannot comment publicly on the allegations."

However, it is understood that Monika A. has taken holiday leave and that the allegedly misused grant funds came from the Democracy Commission which offers small grants to NGOs.

Softip recently won a public tender for a personnel information system for the Defence Ministry.

However, spokeswoman Ingrid Stanová said her ministry was still negotiating the conditions of the contract.

"It's related to the Law on protection of secret information, which took effect November 1," Stanová said.

Top stories

In praise of concrete

It was once notorious for its drab tower blocks and urban crime, but Petržalka now epitomises modern Slovakia.

Petržalka is the epitome of communist-era architecture.

Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Blog: Exploring 20th century military sites in Bratislava

It seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft…

One nuclear shelter with a capacity for several hundred people now serves as a music club with suitable name Subclub (formerly U-club).